David HB Drake
Wisconsin troubadour David HB Drake has spent over thirty years presenting concerts at fine arts centers, festivals, schools, community centers and concert stages throughout the Midwest. This panorama of history, natural beauty and discovery is performed on guitar, concertina, dulcimer, banjo, and Native American Flute. David is regularly seen at festivals and tourism sites such as Irish Fest, Bastille Days, County Fairs and local Festivals, Old World Wisconsin and Milwaukee's Pier Wisconsin. David has performed on tall ships on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Great Lakes and is the resident musician for the Wisconsin flagship, the Lake schooner "Denis Sullivan."
Wisconsin History Songs with Slides
WISCON-SING is a 55-minute multimedia program which presents songs that introduce Wisconsin’s vibrant history to audiences of all ages in a music and visual performance enhanced with over 100 historic and scenic slides of our state. From the Native Americans and French explorers, European immigration, the work of lumberjacks and Great Lakes sailors, up to our present day farmers, Wisconsin comes to life in song. David plays a variety of handmade and historic instruments, the kind our ancestors played, including Indian courting flute, mountain banjo, dulcimer, and concertina in addition to guitar to give the music an authentic flavor. The audience is invited to participate, encouraged by special sing-along slides.
From the great north woods, the songs of lumberjacks and the great pine forests, of deep winters and fish-tales are found in songs like “The Lumberjack’s Alphabet" and “Jon Jonson”. Work songs of the sailors and river men are reflected in “Where are you Bound” and “The Rivers of Wisconsin”. From the rich farmland, “When I First Came to this Land”, ”Many, Many Cows”, and “The Cranberry Bog” with everyone singing on the finale, “On Wisconsin!” Heritage, family, comedy, and nostalgia all come alive in David’s concerts.
The Illustrated Song
Children's Books of Folk Songs with Slides
Many popular folk songs have been illustrated as children's books. Taking the concept full circle, David sings folk songs such as "This Land is your Land," "The Marvelous Toy," and "I've been working on the Railroad" while the pages from the corresponding children's books are projected so the audience can sing along. This program is great for children's reading events and schools encouraging literacy.
This multimedia program was created with the help of the John Stewig Collection at the Center for Children's Literature, Hedberg Library of Carthage College in Kenosha WI.