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I Have A Newsletter!

Posted by Ginger Ackley on April 17, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)



I've started writing a newsletter for you and the other folk that have expresssed an interest in me and what's happening with my music.  


The issues will all be available from the menu here if you click on MORE.  I'll keep an archive of all the issues, just in case you want to look backwards!  If you would like to have me include you in my email list when I first send them out, you can email me and let me know where you'd like it sent!


Feedback, suggestions and encouragement are always welcome!

T-Shirts Are In and Available!

Posted by Ginger Ackley on April 15, 2017 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)



The T-shirts are here and are they ever beautiful!   I have them in sizes up to 2X (and can get them larger!) and they come in lovely colors.  

They are $20 each and great quality cotton.  I've washed mine several times now and it didn't shrink!  Message or email me - or find me at at show to get one.  

I can't wait to see you wearing one!

"Elf King's Horn" and ME Nominated for Awards!!!

Posted by Ginger Ackley on February 18, 2017 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)



Wow!  I am so excited and very deeply proud and honored about this!  A huge amount of thanks to Brian Henke who produced the album and Jay Bentoff who was the most excellent engineer!!!

I have received a nomination as Best Female Vocalist of 2017 the International Pagan Music Association!! I've got the awards ceremony on my calendar for June 8 and will be playing at the 3 Gates Festival right after in West Plains, MO!  Thank you!!!!


www.paganma.org/awards-extravaganza/


AND

Just Plain Folks (JPF) is the largest grassroots music organization in the world. With over 50,000 members in over 160 countries worldwide.  My new album "Elf King's Horn" has been nominated for Best Celtic Instrumental Album and my song "Celtica" is nominated as Best Celtic Instrumental!!!  


www.justplainfolks.org/


Wow.... just WOW!!!

Playing at the Woodchoppers Ball 2016!!!

Posted by Ginger Ackley on December 16, 2016 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)



This was a banner night for me!  I was invited to accompany Brian Henke AND the inimitable Michael Kelsey during the Woodchoppers Ball!  So many of my friends play at this incredible benefit for the homeless in Ohio.  I was so proud to be part of this - as you can see from my face.  Pat Henke shot this picture perfectly!  Thank you Pat!

Stunning Review for Elf King's Horn!!!

Posted by Ginger Ackley on January 26, 2016 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

My friends, I just received this beautifully written review of my new album from Nan Bovington writing for Autoharp Quarterly!  It should be included in the Spring 2016 issue...  so be sure and grab a copy!   Here is what Nan sent me:

 

"Ginger Ackley is an active songwriter, musician, recording artist and performer. She has released several CD's and also maintains an impressive website, where I was able to read about her life (from Texas to Ireland, and many points between!) and see and hear selections from Elf King's Horn, her latest album - as well as songs from her previously released material.

 

I'd have sworn her Elf King songs were ancient melodies and mythical ideas from days bygone...but this is original material, convincingly written 'in the old style', according to the Scotsman, Andy Stewart, of "Silly Wizard". The mysterious and magical themes Ginger employs, are introduced by sub messages located by the song titles.....such as: 'a daughter of the Celtic sea god longs for her father...' (Manannan Mac Lir); 'If a Fairy girl fell in love with a human boy...' (Moonlady); 'If you should find a Faery Ring...' (Faery Ring); 'The mist moved over the pond and surrounded me...' (Mist Wraith).

 

On the opening cut, "Fairy Tale", Ginger plays a plaintive and haunting melody on penny whistle, accompanied by Brian Henke on guitar. It is a very effective collaboration, though at first I was surprised not to hear any remarkable autoharp soloing .However, her penny whistle playing is stunning - accurate, tuneful---no tweedling!--and it accompanies the other instrumentals and vocals very well, whatever the song or material. About the modest, by comparison, use of autoharp...in fact, isn't part of what we 'in the community' of 'harpers hope to see happening in small group or string band music--the inclusion of the autoharp as an expected musical partner? Making music? Got guitar? Got ___________ (whistle, flute, banjo, vocal, mandolin)? Got autoharp? It doesn't have to steal the show----just to be an expected and respected part of it.

 

Ginger's voice is clear and lyrical - very Celtic sounding. Who would have recognized her as a native Texan? Her fellow musicians' contributions are pleasing and appropriate, naturally woven into the fabric of the whole musical tapestry. Brian Henke (the CD's producer) on guitar, Steph Dlugon's sweetly melodic violin and Raven Dana's vocals (especially on "Green The Hills"------'as the ship heads into a new land, everything she knows fades into the distance....') all blend with the minor key, close harmony, penny whistle and undertone of autoharp, accentuating this mythical heroine's travels from the familiar to the unknown.

 

Three of the songs on Elf King's Horn are offered as brief videos on her website - and if you decide to go there, hearing the tunes and harmonies while seeing changing views of Maxfield Parrish skies and idealized human and mythical creatures, as well as craggy and rough mountains worthy of Frodo Baggins' trip to Mount Doom - will be a visual and auditory pleasure. "Green the Hills" and "Fairy Tale" work particularly well as video clips. These we so nicely done it made me wish that more selections from the album were available in this audio-visual format.

 

As for a truly beautiful melody, I could listen to the waltz, "Celtica" over and over. It is reminiscent of both Annie Laurie and Ashokan Fairwell, without being a copy of either. It's just a lovely instrumental waltz with clear penny whistle, sweet violin and our old true friend, the autoharp, chording below and tying things together...

 

Give this one a listen!

 

Nan Bovingdon

January in Anaconda, Montana"

Thank you, Nan for the very kind words!   I am so glad you liked it!

 


Update and Packing for the next Festivals

Posted by Ginger Ackley on July 2, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

First of all, I've uploaded a new Video for you.  This time it is "Human Beans" from my Connections CD, as a kind of celebration of the Supreme Court decision of marriage! Love is Love!  

Secondly, I am still acquiring mailers for all the CDs to send out.  Being flooded out of PSG pretty well shot a hole in my wallet, but that should be better in just a few days - so I will get all the Indiegogo perks sent out very soon.  Thanks for being patient....  HUGS

Third - and this is BIG to me - the Internet Radio site, Pandora, has accepted my new album, "Elf King's Horn," for air play!   I am so jazzed!!!

Yes, I know.... streaming doesn't get you paid, right...  but it DOES get you "out there" and noticed.  Pandora is "curated" - which means that they are picky about what they make available.  I am on iTunes and most of the other services through CD Baby, but Pandora is ....  YAY!!!   Let me know if you hear my music there and what station...  Thanks!

Lastly, I leave in a few days for Starwood down in southern Ohio and then leave directly from there for Summerland Spirit Festival in Wisconsin.  I won't be back on home soil till at least July 19 but there will be much Music and Merrymaking in between!  I'll have my tablet so email will be working...  but I'll likely be off singing a song most of the time!  See you wherever and whenever!!!  Slan!


"Elf King's Horn" is Now Available!!!

Posted by Ginger Ackley on June 23, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The new album is finally here AND is live on CD Baby for purchase!  I have it set up so you can get the CD or download either the entire album (highly recommended!) or individual MP3s.  This has been such a journey to bring into reality!  I have been so lucky and blessed to have Brian Henke as my producer and Jay Bentoff as my engineer!  It is an album I am very proud of!

You can go to the Music and CDs link to purchase a copy for yourself.  I've put all the lyrics on the "Elf King's Horn" page, too - so I expect you to be singing along at my next live show!   Be sure to check out my schedule, too.  I am adding shows and updating the calendar all the time!

 

Ginger Ackley: Elf King

 

Back Home and DRY!

Posted by Ginger Ackley on June 19, 2015 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Brian Henke and I are back home and drying out from the PSG festival in Illinois.  We were supposed to be there till June 21 but the rains came and the rivers and creeks flooded and the whole festival was evacuated out!  

Now, just before we left for Illinois, the shipment of new CDs arrived!  Wow!  they are beautiful and sound so good!!!

As soon as I get mailers, I will send them out to all you wonderful folks that supported the Indiegogo campaign.  I am hoping by next weekend or so to get the album up on CD Baby for ordering, too.  Until then, you can email me or message me to purchase your very own copy of "Elf King's Horn!!!

"Elf King's Horn" is at the Publisher!!!

Posted by Ginger Ackley on May 27, 2015 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Great News! The new album, "Elf King's Horn" is now done and at the publisher! I should have it in hand before leaving for Illinois and PSG! Once I get back, I will love being able to send out all the perks and thank yous to the folks that helped me on the Indiegogo campaign!   So.... here's a sneak peak at some of the album art by Joe Molnar!

I Am Receiving an Award for the Arts!

Posted by Ginger Ackley on May 18, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

  Wow!  This was such a lovely surprise!  In September, I will receive an award recognizing my participation in the Arts for Stark County!  I feel very proud to be honored this way and I hope I can help folks see more of all the great talent and creativity that is all around us!   

A huge "Thank You" to Barbara Ross and all the volunteers who serve this community!



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