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Farrel Droke

Norman, OK

 

Phone: (405) 360-2233

 

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One word you will never hear to describe Farrel Droke is “introverted.”  His eagerness to love and explore life permeates his approach to his melodies and lyrics.

 

Farrel grew up in a Southern Oklahoma family that constantly played or sang music.  He learned to play a borrowed guitar at age 13 but waited until nearly 50 to learn to read music and study music theory.  This musical education led him to realize there was a purpose for those unique melodies floating around in his head! So, in the summer of 2008, Farrel started writing his own original songs.

Farrel’s songs focus, so far, on family experiences and growing up in Oklahoma. Now he is taking his adventuresome ideas into songs about more complex human relationships. His songwriting has been influence by many experiences, such as the encouragement of his singer-songwriter friend, Johnsmith, and his ability to make life seem interesting even if it is not! He has attended the weeklong “Songwriting from the Heart” workshop at the Esalen Institute at Big Sur, California two years in a row and the songwriting workshop at the Kerrville New Folk Festival.  Farrel draws inspiration his many different careers, interests, and his observation of everyday people. Voice-over-guitar always tends to sound “folk” but Farrel’s music comes from a wide range of genres – jazz and old Broadway show tunes – to name a couple.

 

His song, “Needle and Thread” was awarded an Honorable Mention in the July / August American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest. Farrel hopes to record his first CD in 2010 with the help of his musical friends and a good local producer.

Farrel is a Member of the Songwriters Association of Norman (SWAN). He performs regularly at Cafe Plaid, in Norman, Oklahoma, the Songwriter Spotlights at various venues as well as “open mic” and “song circle” opportunities in the area. He plans to expand his “touring” this year and has several local venues booked in the spring.