For his 2023-24 season David Gordon is creating several new concerts in his "song and history" series. This Scottish program will premiere in January at Tor House in Carmel (members only), the Gentrain Society Series in Monterey, and elsewhere.
To honor his own Scottish heritage, David Gordon offers a colorful program of poems, songs, and vivid tales, interwoven with centuries of Scottish history. The Celtic culture is filled with music and lyrical poetry, imbued with a sense of idealism, chivalry, and a love of tradition, and David brings all of that to this concert.
Most of the poems and songs come to us from two timeless 18th-century poets, Robert Burns and Carolina Oliphant and the great 19th century writer Robert Louis Stevenson.
Throughout the concert, the music is interwoven with poetry and fascinating historical background. The narrative stretches from the 14th-century battle of Bannockburn to the 18th-century story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the battle of Culloden.
You will also hear songs of love and courage by Robert Burns like "My Love is Like a Red Red Rose" and "Scots Wha' Hae," and classic works by Burns contemporary Carolina Oliphant, including the beloved "Rowan Tree" and "Will Ye No Come Back Again." David will sing the haunting ballad, "The Grey Selkie of Sule Skerry" and you will learn the spooky details of the title character.
The musical playlist also includes Stevenson's original lyrics to the traditional "Skye Boat Song," and his new words to "Old Black Joe" by Stephen Foster.
David opens the concert with the tender and lyrical "Land of Heart's Desire," and closes with a surprise.
As always, this concert is guided by David's keen sense of drama, deep scholarship, whimsy, and his endearing and powerful ability to tell stories and connect with the audience.
Contact David for information about this concert.
The Washington Post has called David Gordon "an irresistable performer." He's a life-long troubadour whose compelling voice, keen sense of drama, and wacky humor have charmed audiences worldwide for more than 50 years. David's international performing and recording career reaches from Bach to bluegrass, from grand opera to jazz, from Mozart to songs of the Oregon Trail. Read more here...
David Lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, author and artist Ginna Gordon. Together they run Lucky Valley Press, a boutique book editing and design firm for independent authors. Together they have published nearly 100 books by 60 writers.