Pioneer History in
Story & Song 
David Gordon


After 26 sold-out performances, Northwest Troubadour David Gordon returns by popular demand for another season of Pioneer History in Story & Song.


David’s 2019 series includes 4 themes and 8 concerts on 4 Sundays – January 13, February 10, March 10, and April 14.  Each theme features 8 to 10 songs originally popular in the middle of the 19th Century, and each 1-hour program will be offered twice each day, at 1:30 and 3:00 pm in the Naversen Room of the Jacksonville Library.   David’s narration interweaves the songs, gives them historical context, and helps us connect with them and our heritage.

Concerts are $5 per person (cash or check), with proceeds going to local history programs and preservation projects.  Due to the popularity of David’s performances and the intimacy of the Naversen Room venue, we do request reservations to be sure seating is available.  Reservations can be made by calling 541-245-3650 or e-mailing


Sunday, January 13 – A Stephen Foster Encore!
Stephen Foster was the first American freelance composer and the most famous American songwriter of the 19th Century, but he died alone and penniless at the age of 37.  In one of David’s most requested programs, he tells the story of Foster’s brief life and how he sought to escape the world of blackface minstrels and create a new kind of American song.  Songs include Oh, Susanna; Camptown Races; Swanee River; and My Old Kentucky Home.

Sunday, February 10 – Victorians in Love (and Occasionally Loss)
Love songs have been popular since the beginning of time.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, David has chosen a bouquet of happy, sad, and silly songs of romantic love, lost love, unrequited love, and love in other forms.  Songs include Let Me Call You Sweetheart; Don’t Marry a Man if He Drinks; and Love’s Old Sweet Song.

Sunday, March 10 – Songs to Lighten the Journey
In the 19th Century, people were on the move, but travel was not for the faint of heart!  On stagecoaches, wagons, riverboats, and ocean-going ships, a journey was full of danger and adventure.  Hear songs the pioneers heard and sang as they made their way west, and songs about their perilous journey.  Songs include Wait for the Wagon; Erie Canal; and One More River to Cross.

Sunday, April 14 – Songs of Hardship and Loss
Songs sometimes come from the experience of struggle and sometimes offer comfort and strength to those in need.  In this concert, David reaches beyond the mid-19th Century into modern times for some iconic songs of lament and yearning.  Songs include Home Sweet Home; Brother Can You Spare a Dime; Listen to the Mockingbird; and Nearer My God to Thee.

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David Gordon has been described by The Washington Post as “an irresistible performer,” weaving a soothing musical tapestry of songs, irresistible vocals, gentle guitar stylings, stories, musings, and his own unique brand of goofy humor. After a 40+ year career as an internationally acclaimed Bach tenor, David is now a resident of Jacksonville and exploring his musical roots as singer, guitarist, historian, and story teller.

David’s performances are intimate, casual, fun, and filled with memorable music and fascinating historical background. His combination of colorful music and true stories ignites the imagination, and brings life to history.

You can revisit part of David’s 2016, 2017, and 2018 series at his website,

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