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David HB Drake

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Singer/Songwriter David HB Drake's music echoes Stan Rogers, Tom Paxton, and Gordon Bok. He performs on guitar, banjo, dulcimer, concertina, and Native flute. His concerts and community appearances include a hearty sampling of regional history, songwriting, storytelling and participation. He was named the Wisconsin Folksinger of the Year and has produced 13 CDs. David is also Creative Director of Organic Arts Ltd. a collaborative non-profit of grassroots professional performing artists.

artist statement

I've been performing music solo and in groups ( Dangerous Folk, The Rose and Dragon, Sweet Survivor) for nearly 35 years in the Great Lakes basin. My music is deeply rooted in a sense of this place we call Wisconsin, with deep roots in the prairie soil watered by the memory of glaciers. Perhaps the music is 'Country Northern"- whatever it's called, the intention is to connect with the group consciousness of the beauty, starkness, and history of this region.