Seaman Entertains for Final ‘Gibraltar Talks’ of 2017

The last “Gibraltar Talks” program of the season will have musical flair and entertain young and old alike. On Oct. 5 at 7 pm at the Old Town Hall in Fish Creek, David HB Drake will entertain the crowd. Drake has spent a lifetime singing about the sea, working on tall ships, and teaching the lore and skills of an able-bodied seaman.

Drake has served as crew, musician, and shanty man for tall ships including the HMS Bounty, Clearwater, Maryland Dove, Pride of Baltimore, Earnestina, and Wisconsin’s flagship lake schooner, the Dennis Sullivan. He served as the Sullivan’s shanty man/historian/educator since her launch in 2000. He has been featured at the Chicago, Green Bay, and Duluth tall ship festivals, as well as maritime festivals in Annapolis, Milwaukee and Door County. His music is a voyage from the deep salt waters to freshwater inland seas and Midwestern lakes and rivers.

Audiences will hear Drake perform on guitar, banjo, dulcimer, concertina, Native American flute, and a capella presenting the work songs (shanties) and off-watch (fo’castle) songs of seamen from around the world. Audiences are encouraged to sing-along with these easily learned songs and hear the legend and lore of the sea.

Gibraltar Historical Association, a nonprofit sharing history with community and visitors presents “Gibraltar Talks.” Visit the association’s museum, Alexander Noble House, at 4176 Main Street. The museum is open 10 am – 3 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information call 920.868.2091 or visit


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