Bio Sheet for David Hakan (Hakan rhymes with bacon.)
A singer/songwriter with a talent for telling great stories in his songs.
-- Rebecca Roche, KKFI Radio, Kansas City
David's the backbone of the K.C. songwriters scene.
-- Jeanne Donovan, KKFI Radio, Kansas City
Praise for In Midtown:
"Very nice! ...vocals and guitar are so so clean, good job!"
- Johnsmith, songwriter
“Great stories. That's what this album is about. From a
Shawnee Farm through a Dandelion Garden to
Barbara's Place all the way In Midtown, David weaves
wonderful stories that ride on his folk style vocals and
guitar. It's quiet intimacy is perfect for easy listening
while kickin' back in the recliner or drivin' down the
- Forrest Whitlow, songwriter
Praise For Dancing Now
Dancing Now..."is a delight. ...and the writing is strong, focused and unique."
- Crow Johnson, Zassafras Mgnt/Booking
Praise for Loose Upon The Street:
His writing embodies all that I know about folk music - I hear Tom Paxton, John Denver, Bob Dylan, and the echoes of others all made new. My absolute favorite on this CD is "Working In Stone", a song about a stone mason's life. I love gospel choir music, and this is a wonderful example of that genre. I kept playing it over and over, and it has the sound of a classic.
- Charisse Kahler, songwriter
Sometimes the winds of change blow hard on a C harp, wail at the corporate towers and shake the roots of rock ’n’ roll.
Hakan gives us a voice like John Denver's, wit like John Prine's and the subtle poetry of John Gorka. The guitar sound is clear and luscious. The melodies will have you whistling in the shower and the stories will get you wondering about the world in new ways.
The depth and range of David’s songwriting makes for a great evening. There are quiet songs of healing with delicate finger picking like “Winter in my Soul” as well as energized political songs like “There’s a Storm”. You’ll find big, sing along choruses on some songs and dense poetry in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Eric Anderson on others. The musical styles will slide from bluesy Motown-influenced folk rock to a cappella Appalachian style and then to modern folk.
As a seasoned performer, David crafts short spoken introductions to his songs and connects with the audience in a relaxed, personal way.
David Hakan is a native of Kansas City who has been performing his original music for many years. In 1992 he co-founded the Songwriters Circle of Kansas City with Dave Lizor. This nonprofit organization has a regular event each month to showcase area singer/songwriters.
Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer - Lawrence, KS
Bill Staines - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Appearances
The Fringe Festival
Eden Ally Cafe
Doc and Bruties
Edgar's Place, Chicago, IL
Cafe Acoustic, St. Joseph, MO
Full Moon Cafe, Lawrence, KS
P.T.'s Cafe, Topeka, KS
White Buffalo Cafe, Pittsburg, KS
Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival, Winfield, KS
Stage Right Coffeehouse, Omaha, NE
House concerts including: Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; and Sioux City, IA
Showcase `96 Open Category Winner for Salt & Pepper Days
Winfield Songwriters Showcase `98
for Barbara's Place and Sidewalk Van Gogh
Winfield Songwriters Showcase 2000 for Eyes of Galileo
Winfield Songwriters Showcase 2004 for Bungalow
For Booking Information Contact:
Kansas City, MO 64110
Toll Free 1-877-844-5646
David Hakan's Homepage * * CD
Loose Upon The Street * Loose Upon The
Street Lyrics * CD Dancing Now * Dancing
Now Lyrics * CD In Midtown *
In Midtown Lyrics * CD MP3 Catching Angels
* Catching Angels Lyrics * Photos
* David's Bio * Review of In Midtown * Review of Dancing Now
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