Ginger Ackley's Music

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

Music Samples!

Here are some songs I would like to share with you!  I've put some tracks from my various CDs here, along with a few that aren't included on albums yet.  I'll be updating with new music - including tracks from "Elf King's Horn" - my newest album that was produced by Brian Henke!  

My music is available from my website here but if you'd like me to sign an album or two for you, drop me an email!

I hope you do enjoy the music.... please let me know what you think - and look for me to be playing a venue or festival near you, too!  Check my calendar to see where I will be.  

0 Comments Little Beggarman
Posted by Ginger Ackley on March 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Another favorite, the Little Beggarman or Johnny Dhu, is the classic Irish tinker man, one of the Traveling Folk.  His heart and his sense of humor are filled with laughter and fun!  The tune is based on a fiddle tune called "The Red Haired Boy."

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Tags: Celtic , folk , autoharp , traditional
0 Comments Maid Who Sold Her Barley
Posted by Ginger Ackley on December 14, 2011 at 6:57 PM

A third choice for the new CD - I love this little song!  The melody is the same as the slow and sad "Wind That Shakes The Barley" -  a tragic rebel love story.  In "Maid" it is a boucy, saucy story - and lots of fun to share with friends!

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Tags: Celtic , folk , autoharp , traditional
0 Comments Spanish Lady
Posted by Ginger Ackley on December 14, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Another song for the Traditional CD...  first mix...  What do you think?   This is one the kids love to hear.  The chorus of numbers in backwards count seems to fascinate them!  I love the tune and the way the words wrap around each other...  How about you?

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Tags: Celtic , folk , autoharp , traditional
0 Comments Barbara Allen
Posted by Ginger Ackley on December 13, 2011 at 12:43 PM

An old English story song that found its way to the mountains of America....  There are lots of versions and I tried to choose verses to tell the story well.   Please give it a listen and let me know what you think...  Your comments will all go to make it a better recording!

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Tags: Folk , traditional , barbara allen , autoharp
1 Comments The Water Is Wide
Posted by Ginger Ackley on April 1, 2011 at 6:20 PM

One of my very favorite traditional songs!  There are so many versions of it - and the stories told are so diverse - that I actually collect them!

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Tags: Traditional , love , ballad
0 Comments Celtic Music Man
Posted by Ginger Ackley on April 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Here is one that is just for fun and it is pure Filk!  The tune is by Johnny Rivers - the classic "Secret Agent Man"  - however, the words are all mine... bwahahahahaaaa!!!  This is dedicated to all those wonderful Celtic Music Men in my life!!!  That's me on all the instruments, too... love my keyboard! 

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Tags: Celtic , music , men , johnny rivers , secret agent man , fun
1 Comments Moon Lady
Posted by Ginger Ackley on March 31, 2011 at 5:26 PM

A story song of a fairy lass and a human lad who fall in love...  this is one I wrote some years ago, but it remains a favorite of my heart!

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Tags: Moon , fairy , magic , love , romance
0 Comments Little Blue Raindrop
Posted by Ginger Ackley on March 31, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Here's a happy little song about the turning of the seasons - and  it happens to be very kid-tested!  It is one that my grandson, Joseph, wanted to hear over and over!

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Tags: Seasons , happy , children , nature , spring , summer , fall , winter , raindrop , snowflake , sunbeam , leaves
0 Comments How Is It?
Posted by Ginger Ackley on March 31, 2011 at 11:35 AM

It often happens that Love just isn't what we thought it was - or hoped it to be!  Hearts do get broken, but that is never the true end of the story, is it?  Not at all.... because, if it weren't for those "failed" romances, we would not be prepared for the one we are meant to love forever!

However, that doesn't excuse callous or ignorant behavior....and yes... this is the end part of what started in "Lover's Lullaby" and a mild lesson in NOT hurting a Bard!  Can you find the secret message?  Here's a hint...  I love acrostics!!! (By the way... if you figure it out, let me know!)

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Tags: Love , wishes , heartache , resolve , satire , hurt , acrostic , hidden meaning
0 Comments Lover's Lullaby
Posted by Ginger Ackley on March 29, 2011 at 7:24 PM

One night I was talking on the phone with a long distance friend who happened to fall asleep during the conversation.  I understood...  he had worked hard all day!  I wasn't sure what to do, though...  Just hang up?  Make a noise and maybe he would wake?  Perhaps, better to just wait for a bit....

I had my autoharp close by, as usual, and absently strummed a chord.  Suddenly, I realized my sleeping friend was breathing in the key of D Minor!  While I waited for him to wake up, the beginnings of "Lover's Lullaby" took form....

It was the first part of the story...

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Tags: Love , music , sleep , wishes
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