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FLORA LIBRARY CELEBRATES ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL

(08/08/18)rp

Folksinger and historian DAVID HB DRAKE presents HEARTLAND, at the Flora Public Library tomorrow night, at 6:30pm, in the librarys community room.

Midwestern troubadour, David HB Drake, presents HEARTLAND, an Illinois Bicentennial multimedia historical program of folksongs, stories, and images that cover the width and breadth of the state of Illinois.  The program features over 100 slides reflecting the music, heritage, and beauty of Illinois, including special sing-alongs and audience participation.  The program focuses on the unique aspects of Illinois including songs of trains, rivers, the prairies, and the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Carl Sandburg.

The 55-minute program presents songs that introduce Illinois from the first explorers and immigrants up to our present day farmers and Great Lakes sailors.  David plays a variety of handmade and historic instruments including Indian Courting Flute, Mountain Banjo, Dulcimer, and Concertina in addition to Guitar.  He includes songs of historic persons including "In the Land of Lincoln", a long list of our waterways in "The Rivers of Illinois, and poems of Carl Sandburg.  The audiences can sing along, assisted by slides of the chorus parts while a travelogue of Illinois slides and historical photos grace the verses.

DAVID HB DRAKE has appeared throughout the Midwest at numerous festivals and has recorded several albums including "HEARTLAND","ONE MORE HORIZON", "WISCON-SING", "WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD", LET THERE BE LIGHT, AND "KIDSTUFF."  His songs also appear on the albums of other Midwestern performers. 

David was named 2002 Folk/Acoustic Music Artist of the Year and "2001 Family Music Artist of the Year" by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI Award).  His KIDSTUFF album received an Honor award for Audio Recordings from Parents' Choice Magazine. 

For more information, contact the library at 618-662-6553 or florapl@florapubliclibrary.org. Selections from the program can be seen on youtube.com by searching David HB Drake.