Pioneer History in
Story & Song
David Gordon


Northwest Troubadour David Gordon is back in 2020 with two special 75- minute “Story & Song” concerts!

On Sunday, January 19, enjoy a “Highlights” program of the most popular songs of the late 19th Century, culled from David’s and your favorite songs and stories from the past four years of “Pioneer History in Story & Song.”

As always, David interweaves the songs with fascinating historical tales and anecdotes. You will learn the surprising true stories of “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Shenandoah,” and “Rock-A-Bye Baby.” You’ll hear two beloved Irish songs written by Americans in the Midwest, and the poignant background of Abe Lincoln’s favorite song, “Home Sweet Home.”

Then on Sunday, March 22, David shares his own story in a special program titled “Six Decades of Songs: A Personal Journey. David will be sharing songs from when he first strummed a guitar as a teenager through an international career as a classical opera singer to more recent tunes that have special meaning.

This artistic self-portrait is a retrospective from the medieval French troubadours to our own era: Lennon & McCartney, Tom Paxton, Robert W. Service, John McCutcheon, David Wilcox, Jacques Offenbach, Hoagy Carmichael, Iris DeMent, the French troubadours and more…. All of his songs are interwoven with stories, poetry, and his own disarming brand of humor.

Both 75-minute programs will be offered twice at 1:00 and 3:00 pm in the Naversen Room of the Jacksonville Library. Join us for these afternoons of fun, entertainment, sing-along, and education as David’s narration interweaves the songs, gives them historical context, and helps us connect with them and our heritage.

Concerts are $10 per person, 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, you can now make reservations and purchase your tickets at Informations and reservations are also available at 541-245-3650 and“>

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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 classical 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, 2018 and 2019 series at his website,

Story & Song Highlights – Sunday, January 19 – 1pm and 3pm – $10 per person

Six Decades of Tunes, A Self-Portrait – Sunday, March 22, 1pm and 3pm – $10 per person

Purchase Tickets
(If you receive a “Sold Out” message or if you wish to purchase tickets on the day of the event, please call 541-245-3650 to determine availability. Refunds or exchanges are not available on the day of the event.)


Story & Song Highlights

Six Decades of Tunes, A Self-Portrait

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