David, Doug, and Julie are "Dangerous Folk" presenting

"Blowing in the Wind"

 ~Folk Music Classics from when the Times were A'changing ~

(Photo: Steven Alexander / Earth Day 2014)

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In Memorandum: Pete Seeger 1919-2014
If you would like us to focus on his songs in our show,
For Pete's Sake, ask us!

 Opening Act for the Kingston Trio!

Doug Esty, Julie Thompson and David HB Drake
have joined their voices as "Dangerous Folk".

"The audience was beaming as they left -
complimenting the performance and how much they enjoyed
 hearing the "songs they knew"!
~McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center, Wautoma WI

"The best of all the performances we’ve had here!"
Eastgate Manor, Algonquin IL

"Great concert last night!  Our audience loved you." ~Darlington WI Tunes At Twilight

"You guys were wonderful! Perfect for our setting" ~New Richmond Heritage Hillside Series

"More folk songs than a Public TV Pledge Drive"  ~Shepherd Express, Milwaukee

Thank you so much for putting on such a great performance for Earth Day.
People loved the tribute to Pete Seeger and singing along to familiar songs.
Dangerous folk sounded great!
~Julie Enslow, 350.org

"You folks are dangerous- your songs speak to our hearts and minds" ~Sandy Lewis, Audience member

For bookings and information contact:
orgarts@gmail.com or call 414-702-6053

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Dangerous Folk is a project of Organic Arts Ltd.
A 501c3 non-profit educational organization based in Milwaukee WI
For other fine performers visit  www.organicarts.info


David HB Drake, Julie Thompson
 Doug Esty

lead those good old songs we grew up on.
These anthems from the days of  
"make love, not war " still resonate today.

 is a "mighty wind" 
of classic folk music memories for
the over 50 "boomer" audience
and for younger people as well.
These are not "protest songs"...
rather it is music that affirms the
positive message that shaped our lives.
The power and honesty of these songs 
span the generations.

Cartoon by Kate Bausch, July 3, 2011 Darlington WI

Julie, David, and Doug
are available year-round for
"Blowing in the Wind", classic folk song trio,
"A Joyful Noise", songs of faith,  and
  "Heart and Soul", classic love song shows.
The trio is now booking shows for
2014 and 2015



Now Booking for 2014 and beyond!

Wednesday June 4, 2014 at 7pm
 Blowing in the Wind with Dangerous Folk
 Campanile Center for the Arts, Minoqua, WI
Event Information Contact: 715-356-9700 / woody.twistedloon@frontier.com  / campanilecenter.org

Thursday June 5, 2014 at 6:30pm
 Blowing in the Wind
City Park West, 700 Aurora St, Antigo, WI
Event Information Contact: 715-627-1014 /  sharon.gibson13@gmail.com

Saturday June 14, 2014 at 12-noon
Program: Blowing in the Wind
At: Golden Years of Walworth 270 Ridge Road, Walworth, WI
Event Information Contact: (262) 275-6103 / hbuchanan@goldenyearsofwalworth.com   / www.goldenyearsofwalworth.com

Sunday June 15, 2014 at 4pm
Program: Blowing in the Wind
At: in Mallinckrodt Park Gazebo 1041 Ridge Road, Wilmette IL
Event Information Contact: 847.256.9694 / adornheggen@wilpark.org

Hold: Wednesday June 18 at 7:00pm at Bethany Calvary Methodist Church on 72nd and Center, Milwaukee WI

Hold: Sunday July 12, 2014 -South Shore Water Frolics, Bayview WI (afternoon)

HOLD: Thursday August 7, 2014 at 5pm-
Sun Prairie WI

Thursday August 28, 2014 at 1-3pm
Program: Blowing in the Wind
At: Port Washington Senior Center Picnic, Rotary Park, Port Washington, WI
Event Information Contact: 262-284-5821 / ckiener@wi.rr.com

Saturday May 9, 2015 at 8pm
Program: Blowing in the Wind
At: Edgar’s Place 70 Sycamore Place,
Park Forest IL

Event Information Contact: 708-481-5339 / www.uuccpf.org/edgars-place/ 

Dangerous Folk- the CD!
with the original Dangerous Folk,
David Julie, and Cap Lee

Dangerous Folk : Dangerous Folk

$15 (postage included)
Send a check to Organic Arts
PO Box 070646
Milwaukee WI 53207
to order your copy!

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Songs on this CD:
Some Come to Dance / Meeting Here Tonight (Bob Gibson)
My Youth Is All Spent (Pete Seeger)
Jamaica Farewell (Irving Burgess)
Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)
Old Folksinger Medley (Drake, Lee, Thompson / Traditional)
I've Seen Freedom (Si Kahn)
Where Have All Flowers Gone /Turn Turn Turn  (Pete Seeger)
Gotta Travel On (Paul Clayton)
The Seine (Irving Burgess)
One Tin Soldier (Lambert-Potter)
Merry Minuet / Blowing In The Wind
(Sheldon Harnick /Bob Dylan)
Power And The Glory / This Land Is Your Land
(Phil Ochs/ Woody Guthrie)

Today (Randy Sparks)

And for our Compilation album of
"Protest Songs for Teachers"
(See Review Below)

featuring Dangerous Folk along with Tom Chapin, George Grove, Skip Jones,
and more visit:

About Dangerous Folk….

“Dangerous Folk” was created in 2003 when retired school principal Eldon “Cap” Lee contacted Milwaukee folksinger David HB  Drake to create a CD giving voice to teacher concerns over the “No Child Left Behind” legislation. 
The result was “No Child Left Behind? – Bring back the Joy” which has received national attention for the quality and honesty of the music. 

Vocalist Julie Thompson was brought in for the recording to add a woman’s voice and direct the children’s chorus. 
The sound of David, Cap and Julie singing together lead David to bring them along for a concert at The Coffeehouse, Wisconsin’s longest running folk venue, where he was recreating his set list from his first appearance there
back in 1969. 

During the concert when Julie mentioned she was acting in a production of “Most Dangerous Women”,
an audience member shouted
“You’re Dangerous Folk- you sing songs that make people think!” and Dangerous Folk was born. 
The trio has performed at festivals, concert venues, for elders, and community music series.

Doug Esty joined the trio on banjo, bass, and guitar
in 2013 when Cap moved on to North Carolina

The trio carries on the tradition of folk music
once considered dangerous enough
to change people’s minds, and it has.
A half-century later, this music has become part of
the fabric of America and our national identity.

Some places we've played....

Three Oaks Apple Festival, Three Oaks MI
Plymouth Arts Center, Plymouth WI
Kenosha Days of Discovery, Kenosha WI
Schauer Arts Center, Hartford WI
opening for The Kingston Trio
McComb/Bruchs Arts Center, Wautoma WI
Grand Harbor Hotel, New Buffalo MI
Campanile Center for the Arts, Minoqua WI
Round Lake Center for the Arts, Round Lake IL
Lakeside Park, Egg Harbor WI
Marengo Concerts in the Park, Marengo IL
Washington County Fair, West Bend WI
Bastille Days Milwaukee WI
Edgerton Arts Council, Edgerton WI
Ironwood Theatre, Ironwood MI
2008 Obama Campaign
The Wisconsin Club, Milwaukee WI

Wild Hog in the Woods, Madison WI
The Coffee House, Milwaukee WI
Three Lakes Fine Arts Series, Three Lakes WI
The Museum at the Castle, Appleton WI
Rib Mountain State Park, Wausau WI

Sunset Playhouse, Elm Grove WI

Tunes at Twilight, Darlington WI

Heritage Hillside Series, New Richmond WI
Portage Center for the Arts, Portage WI

Dangerous Folk opening for
The Kingston Trio



David HB Drake – vocals, guitar
      In 2003 David received the “Lantern Bearer” Award from the Folk Alliance for his 25 years as a professional folk musician and educator, presenting thousands of concerts, programs, and educational residencies.  He was also named the 2002 Folk Music Artist of the Year in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry.  He has ten CDs to his credit and is well known in the Midwest as a singer/songwriter, historian, activist, and shanty man aboard Wisconsin’s flagship, the schooner “Denis Sullivan”.
More on David at


Julie Ann Thompson – vocals, guitar
     Julie comes from Maine to the Midwest after performing for over ten years performing with veteran singer/songwriter Brownie Macintosh as “Julie and Brownie”.  Julie has also worked as a vocal coach and voice-over artist, actress in many theatrical productions, and co-author of the children’s book “A Pirate’s Life for Me”.  Julie is named after Julie Andrews and the resemblance is obvious.

More on Julie at www.julievoice.com

Doug Esty received his BA degree in music education from Augustana College.  He has performed with many bluegrass and folk groups over the years and plays tuba with the Nightwind Ensemble.  In the real world, Doug is a Telecommunications/PC Specialist at Blood Center of Wisconsin.
More on Doug at Linked-In


Doug , Julie, and David remember the music that has been Blowing in the Wind for over 50 years!

Concert Programs

Blowing in the Wind
Favorite folk songs of the 60's
Sample set list below

"Blowing in the Wind" is a sing-along concert of those stirring songs that we all remember from 
Peter, Paul, and Mary, The Kingston Trio, 
Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Phil Ochs, Woody Guthrie and more. 
Sampler DVD available on request

This program is has very effective
 for fundraising events where
musical entertainment is needed especially
if your donor base is over 50!

A Joyful Noise
Folk songs of Faith,
Music of Biblical Proportions
Sample set list below

Folk Music has always had deep roots in faith. From spirituals to classical and contemporary music, deep belief in a greater good has been a reason to rise up singing.  A Joyful Noise gives voice to the joy of this creation and life for all people with songs that span and bring together the generations,
where the Circle is Unbroken.
David, Doug, and Julie are each regular song leaders at their respective places of worship
each Sunday.

Times are A’Changing !
Dangerous Songs that changed America
Sample set list below

Times are A’Changing  is a concert of the anthems from the civil rights, anti-war, union, and environmental awareness movements that that rang out from the picket lines and marches from the early days of slavery to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Never forget the struggle of those who brought us a better world through song.

Give a Hoot!
Public television has been doing it for years-
trotting out the favorite folksingers of the 60s that inspired baby boomers who now
contribute to good causes.
The next time you have a fundraising event, remember that "Dangerous Folk" can perform a lively hootenanny for your event and
 bring all the old songs that contributors
love back to life!

The Illustrated Song
Many popular folk songs have been illustrated as children's books.  Taking the concept full circle,
David  leads familiar folk songs such as
"This Land is your Land", "The Marvelous Toy",
and "I've been working on the Railroad"
while the pages from the corresponding children's books are projected so the audience can sing along!
This program is great as an afternoon
Family program for Performing Arts Centers
and children's reading events.
DVD available!

Children's Concert Programs

David, Doug, and Julie present
Concerts of Classic Sing-Along Folk music for kids, solo or in any combination as an afternoon performance in conjunction with an evening adult concert at theatre venues or individually at schools and libraries. (see individual websites)

Workshops and
for Colleges and
Music Educators

An American Songbag
David HB Drake, Cap Lee, and Julie Thompson
present classic American folksongs,
 demonstrating vocal techniques and
folk accompaniment using
6 and 12-stringed and tenor guitar, banjo,
dulcimer, Native American Flute,
harmonica, concertina, pennywhistle, 
bass, and percussion.

No Child Left Behind? CD
A collection of songs for teachers
who are concerned about today's educational system
by writers from across the country.
Available for educational conferences and events.

"No Child Left Behind?" CD
National Coverage in the Christian Science Monitor! 

 Visit http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1228/p13s01-legn.html to view

David and Julie
are also available as
individual performers
for schools, elders, libraries,
and community events!

More on David at www.davidhbdrake.com

More on Julie at www.julievoice.com

Sample Set Lists

Blowing In The Wind Concert
–Salute to the 60's Sample Set List

Meeting Here Tonight: Bob Gibson
If I Had A Hammer: Lee Hayes /Weavers
City Of New Orleans:
Steve Goodman
MTA : Kingston Trio
Leaving On A Jet Plane: John Denver
Country Roads :
John Denver
Big Yellow Taxi: Joni Mitchell
Don't Think Twice:  Bob Dylan

Walk Right in: Rooftop Singers

 Greenback Dollar: Kingston Trio
Four Strong Winds: Ian  & Sylvia
House of the Rising Sun: Trad/ Joan Baez
Early Morning Rain: Gordon Lightfoot
Another You: Seekers
Rambling Boy: Tom Paxton
Old Folksinger Medley: Traditional
Michel Row-Kumbaya-This Little Light-
Down by the Riverside-I'll Fly Away

One Tin Soldier:
Where Have All Flowers Gone -
Turn Turn Turn
:  Pete Seeger
Those Were the Days: Gene Raskin
Merry Minuet  - Blowing In The Wind
Kingston Trio/ Bob Dylan
Power And The Glory - This Land Is Your Land
    Medley:  Phil Ochs / Woody Guthrie

Today: Randy Sparks / Christy Minstrels

A Meeting Here Tonight Concert
–Spiritual Sample Set List

How Can I keep from Singing
Meeting Here Tonight
If I Had A Hammer
Oh Mary, Don't you weep
Well, Well, Well
Wedding Song
Down in the River to Pray
Go Tell it on the Mountain 
I Believe
Peace will Come
*Michael Row –Kumbaya -This Little Light Of Mine-
     Down By The Riverside-Fly Away : Traditional  Medley
*Where Have All Flowers Gone-Turn Turn Turn Medley
*People Get Ready-Morning Train- This Train-Medley
*Come and Go With Me To That Land -
    Walk That Lonesome Valley-
    Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Traditional  Medley
All Night, All Day, Angles watched over me-
    Swing Low Sweet Chariot: Traditional  Medley
Simple Faith


David performing with Pete Seeger

Concert in the Clouds, Rib Mountain State Park
August 1, 2009 Wausau WI
Timothy Kwarciany

Dangerous Folk Quiz !
Are you dangerous folks? 
Try the following quiz!

1) What do you do with a hammer?
2) Where are the answers?
3) Will the circle be unbroken?
4) Who's land is this anyhow?

1) Hammer out justice, warning, and freedom.
2) Blowing in the wind...still, unfortunately.
3) Yes, if we have anything to do with it.
4) Ours - not some corporation's!