Bay View, Milwaukee, WI, United States 414-702-6053
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Graybeard : (gr bîrd ) noun 1) an sage of advanced years,
2) A rolling wave on a dark sea, 3) A container for alcohol
Graybeard, the Ancient Mariner, is a Survivor of the Days of Piracy.
He survived by being voted ON the island (to the curses of pirates, shouting “What a Maroon!)
He survived by eating rats, known as “millers” by sailors back in the day, since the rats infested the flour barrels aboard ship, which lead to the phrase “It’s Miller Time”!

Graybeard, the Ancient Mariner, sings songs and talks about his life as a sailor.
Like the Ancient Mariner of the Coleridge poem, Graybeard is a wizened mariner wandering the world recounting his stories. Graybeard carries a treasure chest full of maritime artifacts to stimulate questions
and gives honest, historical answers to what lubbers want to know about his life at sea.
Graybeard’s modern counterpart, David HB Drake, is a professional folksinger and real-life sailor.
David presents “shanties” and “fo’castle” sailor songs, sing-alongs and stories about ships, the sea, the Great Lakes, and even the occasional pirate. He performs on guitar, banjo, concertina, dulcimer and Native American flute.

David has served as the shantyman and educator for many tall ships including the HMS Bounty, Clearwater, and is currently shantyman/historian for the schooner Denis Sullivan in the Port of Milwaukee. He is the skipper of the sloop “Concertina”. He has performed at seaside festivals and events across the country and his “Fisherman’s Beach” CD presents his original songs of the Great Lakes and freshwater northland.

Business Name

David HB Drake

Phone Number 414-702-6053
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Krewes or Affilations

Schooner Denis Sullivan, Organic Arts

Certifications ~ Awards ~ Recognition

Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award - Folk/Acoustic Music Artist of the Year 2002
Folk Alliance Midwest Region "Lantern Bearer" Life Achievement Award 2003
Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award Family Music Artist of the Year 2001
Arts Wisconsin Community Arts Development Award 2001
Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award - Children's Music Artist of the Year 1994
Parents Choice Magazine award winner for Children's Recordings 1990

Primary Contact

David HB Drake ( aka Graybeard)

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Pirate Fest - In Attendance
Chicago Maritime Festival
Ghost Ships Festival, Milwaukee, WI
Port Washington Maritime Heritage
Port Washington Pirate Fest - WI
Put in Bay Pirate Fest
Sea Music Festival - Mystic
Tall Ships America
Country United States of America
State/Province Wisconsin
distance: 1,093 Miles
Address Bay View, Milwaukee, WI, United States
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