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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. He performs a wide variety of programs for all ages including:
"Heartland" -a multimedia historical program of folk songs, stories, and images that cover the width and breadth of the state of Illinois. The Powerpoint/live music program is richly illustrated with over 150 slides reflecting the music, heritage, and beauty of Illinois, including special "sing-along" slides and audience participation.
"The Illustrated Song" - 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.
"Gather the Family" - In these times we need to gather with our families to give thanks for each other, and take to time the share a song. David sings songs of healing and hope that bring folks together in these times. David was named Family Music Artist of the Year. This concert is one of the reasons.
"Potluck" - A potpourri of songs and remembrances of the good old days played on fine old instruments. From "Grandma's Patchwork Quilt" to the community feast we call a "Potluck" David stirs up a sing along soup for the whole family. Fine for a festival, family concert, library or back porch! This program is especially popular among senior citizens and audiences that span the generations.
“Blowing in the Wind” - The best music of David’s mentors - Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, the Kingston Trio, the Highwaymen and more echo down the years sung by someone who was there, keeps alive the Dream, and never stopped singing the songs.
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