David HB Drake

Heartland Troubadour

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DAVID HB DRAKE has been called “a gentle troubadour” and “elemental folksinger”. His music is inspired by his voyages across Midwestern prairies and the waters of the Great Lakes. He has performed for more than twenty-five years in a wide variety of art forms for all ages. A native of Milwaukee WI, David has written more than 200 songs of the Midwest. David’s eclectic repertoire includes sea shanties and songs of the Great Lakes, Irish ballads, children’s and family songs, environmental music, vintage tunes, novelty songs, traditional folk music and folk classics from the “sixties”.

David was named “Folk / Acoustic Music Artist of the Year 2002″ and “Family Performer of the Year 2001″ by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry and the Wisconsin Assembly for Local Arts 2001 Community Arts Development Award for service to the arts. The Folk Alliance Region Midwest presented the “Lantern Bearer” Life Achievement Award in 2003 and his KIDSTUFF album received a “Parents’ Choice” award for outstanding children’s music.

Ongoing Activities

David is a regular performer at regional folk festivals, Irish Fest, Summerfest, Wisconsin State Fair, Old World Wisconsin, coffeehouses, colleges, community centers, libraries, and nature centers throughout the Midwest. He currently serves as musical spokesman and music artist-in-residence / historian for the Wisconsin Lake Schooner Project’s tall ship “Denis Sullivan” and Pier Wisconsin Maritime Center.

Recent Projects

Creation of “Organic Arts Ltd.”, a 501c3 nonprofit organization designed to unite artists working in education. Future directions include mentoring, cooperative booking and accounting, shared resources and promotions.
Release of 2 new CD albums -
Fisherman’s Beach - Original Songs of the Great Lakes
No Child Left Behind? - Protest songs for teachers
Work in progress- October Country - third album of original songs

For information visit


David HB Drake
Organic Arts Ltd.
PO Box 1642
Milwaukee WI 53201–1642

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