Ginger Ackley's Music

Lark of the Clans... Celtic with a twist!

About Ginger...

Ginger is a Texas native now living in Ohio. She's taken her life-long passion for music and combined it with a love of history and tradition, and melded it all into a delightful style of Celtic Folk! Performing both traditional and contemporary songs, she plays her autoharp and whistles. 

In her own words, she is "Celtic With A Twist!" because her music covers such a spectrum from original to traditional, mystical to educational. Be prepared to laugh, cry and clap along during one of her performances!

Ginger and her 'harps have traveled to the blue Caribbean, the glaciers of Alaska and her heart's home, Ireland. She performed both with her band “Rowan Moon” and as a solo act at renaissance and medieval faires and music festivals in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. At one point, her faire friends gifted her with a special name, “Lark of the Clans” in recognition of her music and service. Later, her path took her to Wyoming and Colorado before landing in Ohio in 2009.

Her songwriting has been recognized many times. In 2020, she was voted Best Female Artist by the International Pagan Music Association.  The 2015 album, "Elf King's Horn," was nominated for Best Celtic Instrumental and Best Celtic Album  by the prestigious Just Plain Folks group.  Her signature song, “It Is Time” won a song competition sponsored by the Celtic Nations group led by Danny O'Flaherty in 2005. She also wrote the title track to O'Flaherty's 2007 album “Secret Garden” along with two other songs. That album placed third in the Just Plain Folks national competition. Ginger was also honored with the 2015 Stark County "Women of Worth" for her ongoing legacy of service to the community because she so often plays for causes and benefits and for members of the senior community.

Since her move northwards, Ginger has found a growing audience at local wineries, coffee shops and listening venues like Euclid City Limits. Ginger has been a featured performer at some notable concert series like Mountain Rose , Rootstock, Canton First Friday and Medina Parks.  She has become a regular on the music festival circuit, playing shows from Ohio to Indiana, Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. She has shared the stage with many notable musicians like Brian Henke, Tuatha Dea, Wendy Rule, SJ Tucker, Ginger Doss, The Night Travelers, Beltana Spellsinger , Murphy's Midnight Rounders and The Troubadours of Divine Bliss. Her penny whistles were a surprise addition to the Woodchoppers' Ball at the historic Kent Stage in 2016. 

 She has sung harmony and played whistle with some of the greats of Celtic music, too. She often joins Brian Henke, Westside Steve Simmons and the New Barleycorn  with her penny whistles. She has jammed with Aoife Clancy, Danny O'Flaherty, the Makem and Spain Brothers, Jimmy Crowley, Jeb Marum, the Brobdinagian Bards and the Bedlam Bards. Twice she has competed in the International Autoharp Championships at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

Ginger's music is now featured on Pandora Radio, iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody and several internet radio stations.

Some places you might have seen me...

Winchester Music Tavern Lakewood OH

The New Moon, Lakewood, OH

Woodchoppers Ball, Kent Stage, OH

Euclid City Limits , Euclid, OH
Riders Inn, Painesville, OH

McAlpine Meadery, Beach City, OH
Mustard Seed Highland Square, Akron, OH
Pittsburgh Witches Ball, Pittsburgh, PA
Kimbro's Pickin' Parlor, Franklin, TN
Anderson Creative, Canton, OH
Transitions Gallery, Canton, OH
Jupiter Studios, Alliance, OH
The Lodge at Allardale, Medina, OH
AHH Gallery, Louisville, OH
Market District, Solon, OH
IKON Gallery, Canton, OH
The Winery at Wolf Creek, Copley, OH
Meniru Meadery,  Canton, OH
Journey Art Gallery, Canton, OH
MOLA Art Gallery, Canton, OH
Carpe Diem, Canton, OH
Avenue Arts, Canton, OH
Wolf Creek Tavern, Copley, OH
2nd April Galeries, Canton, OH
Pileggi's Italian Cafe,Canton, OH  
Croagh Patrick's, Willoughby, OH 
Kelly's Irish Pub , Beaver, PA 
Mugg's Pub, Kent, OH 
The Pub, Kent, OH
The Sound Garden Cafe, Akron, OH
Acoustix Cafe, Tallmadge, OH
Karma Cafe in Canton, OH

Festivals All Over !

Cleveland Witches Walk, Lakewood, OH

Chrysalis Moon Festival, Monterrey, In

Pan Pagan Festival, Monterrey, IN

Woodchoppers Ball 2016, Kent OH

Earth Warriors Festival (2017), Clarksville, OH

Tacoma Highland Games, Tacoma, WA

Walnut Valley Music Festival, Winfield, KS

Pittsburgh Witches Ball, Pittsburgh, PA

Caldera Music Festival 2016 LaFayette, GA

P.U.F. (Pagan Unity Festival), Burns, TN

Summerlands Spirit Festival, Turtle Lake, WI

Midwest Herbfest, French Lick, IN
PSG  Stonehouse Farm, IL
Starwood Festival at Wisteria ,  Pomeroy, OH
Our Haven Beltaine Festival, French Lick, IN
Cleveland Pagan Pride Days, Bedford, OH

Mythmusica Fairy Festival, PA
Applefest in Wellsburg, WV 

Solstice Celebration at Wisteria, Pomeroy, OH
Cornstalk Festival at Wisteria, Pomeroy, OH

Autumn Fires Festivals at Wisteria , Pomeroy, OH
Midsummer Nights Dream Festival at Alderwood,  Cloe, WV
Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival in Parkersburg, WV
Lakewood Street Festival, Lakewood, OH 

Pittsburgh Renaissance Faire, Pittsburgh PA  (guest)

Great Lakes Medieval Faire, Trumbull, OH (guest)

4th of July Festival, Massillon, OH 
Midsummer Night's Dream Festival, Chloe, WV
Lakewood Street Festival, Lakewood, OH 
Akron Harvest Festival, Akron OH
Brushwood Women's Festival, Sherman, NY (guest)
Celtic Heritage Festival, Muenster, TX
Ravenswood Fair, Emory TX
Celtic Nations Heritage Festival, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Scarlet's Mid Winter Festival, Oklahoma City, OK
Benefit Concerts for Chimp Haven and On the Wing, Lancaster, TX
Excalibur Faire, Smithville, TX

Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival, Waxahachie, TX (guest)
Hawkwood Medieval Fantasy Faire, Roanoke, TX 

Farmers Markets

Stark Fresh Farmers Market, Canton, OH

Walnut Falley Farmers Market, Winfield, KS
Alliance Farmers Market, Alliance, OH
Old Trail School Winter Market, Akron, OH
Howe Meadow Market, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Community Events and Celebrations

The Cleveland Witches Walk, Lakewood, OH
Fae Fest at The New Moon, Lakewood, OH
Canton First Friday Canton, OH
Live Music Saturdays. Canton, OH

AHH Gallery (Art & HIstory) Louisville, OH
Rootstock Concert Series,  Munroe Falls, OH
Mountain Rose Concert Series, Kent, OH 

Lakewood Street Festival, Lakewood, OH 

Akron Harvest Festival, Akron OH

4th or July Celebration w/ Jim & Sylvia Kalal, Massillon, OH

St. Patrick's Day Celebration Concert, Canal Fulton, OH
Celtic Music and Ghost Night, Canal Fulton, OH
Cabin Fever Concert Series, Aradia's Garden, Eastlake, OH
Poe and Ghosts for Hunger Relief Benefit, Canal Fulton, OH 

Amy's Barn Concert Series, Copley, OH
Winterfest, McKinley Museum, Canton, OH
Dulci-More Festival, Lisbon, OH
Irish Canal Days Concert at the Warehouse, Canal Fulton, OH 

Schools, Benefits, Churches and Seniors

St. Luke's Nursing Home, North Canton, OH

Dogwood Commons at St. Luke's, North Canton OH
The Waterford at St. Luke's, North Canton, OH 

Whiteside Inn, North Canton, OH

Mothers Day at UU of St. Augustine, FL

Corcordia at Sumner, Copley, OH

Pine Valley Care Center, Richfield, OH

The Normandy, Rocky River, OH (Mar 2017)

Youngstown UU Church, Yountstown, OH

Hall of Fame City Challenge Race, Canton, OH

SPCA Halloween Benefit, Euclid, OH

Earth Day at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Canton, OH

Stark Women of Worth 2015, Canton, OH

6th Annual Wishes Can Happen, North Canton, OH

Coffee House at UU Church of Parkersburg, WV

ICAN Housing Solutions Annual Meeting, Canton, OH

McDonaldsville Church, Canton, OH

Horace Mann Elementary School, Lakewood, OH
St. Pet's Day at St. Patrick's School in Kent, OH