Born in Phila., PA, Gale was told in elementary school she was the ‘most gifted musician’ in her class. At 11yo she quit piano, took up guitar/voice, & at 15yo composed instrumentals/songs for piano/guitar. At 20 yo she had her 1st gig, & frequently sang at weddings (still does). As an adult she studied with internationally recognized pianist, vocalist, & guitarist/autoharpist (Peter Pertis/Nancy Andersen, Hartt Music School faculty, & Harvey Reid, nat'l/internat'l guitar/autoharp champ).
Despite music & theatre passions, she followed a calling in family health policy thru the USA, Canada & Europe. While in Croatia in '98 she was asked to sing Dylan after which a demo was asked for Warner's recording VP. A Ferrari designer & girlfriend asked her to move to Croatia & perform at their bistro. Her '97 policy work is on CDC sites & her 2004 through present pre-vaccine screening initiative is on International Congress of Military Medicine websites.
A major turning point was 1999, when a professional DC jazz pianist neighbor asked if she'd teach him to ‘play like that’ after hearing her epic Dalmatian Suite (DISCOGRAHPY below). But it was the magic of Grandma's Sweetbriar College (VA) class ring (Gale wore) that got her to enter their songwriting festival resulting in her 1st CD, Forever & Always (DISCOGRAPHY will be below remaining BIO).
Teaching is something that has come naturally. After playing for private events, she was asked to teach friends' children (2001). Since then, by word of mouth, she has taught privately (piano, autoharp, voice, guitar & songwriting). She has also taught at LaSalle Music Studios (East H artford), Baldwin Studios (Avon), Steinert Steinway & Son's Studios (West Hartford), was recommended to teach songwriting thru the Hartt School of Music Community Division (Univ. of Hartford, West Hartford), take over a Naugatuck, CT teaching studio & also teaches in Paul Howard's Valley Music studio (Avon). She runs two music festivals/year with her multi-generational students & was also asked to develop musical theatre workshops which she ran from 2003-2006 by popular demand. These have given way to recording & producing activities for Timeless Love & her anticipated new CD Welcome Home. Gale has been grateful to earn her living doing full time music through her company, Fortune's Gale (Creative Music & Consulting Services) since 2003.
Gale has performed in CA, CT, MA, ME, NH, PA, RI, VA, WV, Norway, Croatia & Scotland, in merging styles - traditional, roots, contemporary folk, bluesey & jazzy parodies, unique holiday fare & originals (classically eclectic, bluesified, folk, world -[Spanish sound, not 'folky at all' said a fan of "What do Broken Hearts do?" on Timeless Love])on piano/guitar/autoharp.
Groton, MA's Stagecoach Inn 5- Star Friday Showcase awarded Gale it's '06 songwriting challenge trophy, & she was chosen 3/07's CT Live Music Local Spotlight. She was invited to perform Timeless Love songs for CT&Cox Cable Access Music/talk Shows "Solly's Friends" ('07 & continuing Fall '08) in Winsted, Granby, Simsbury, Enfield (CT) Cox cable towns & Westfield (MA) cable area, as well as "Did You Know?" ('08 Wethersfield & greater Manchester,CT). She was invited by Guy Gilchrist (Nashville hit) to join him in a split bill (CT) Feb. '09 to fine reviews, and also by Mark Pollard (Cold Sweat & West Coast Cadance bands) to join their band (Margaritas & The Fireplace, Canton, CT ) for some songs to more fine reviews. Afton national booking co. (OR) has booked her at Webster (Hartford) & Lilly's Pad (above Toad's, New Haven, CT).
Because of her Timeless Love release with piano instrumentals and vocals, Gale was invited to participate in the 8th & the continued in the 9th and by audition for the 10th Annual Women's Composer Festival of Hartford (Heather Seaton -Founder/artistic director) . She was commissioned to perform world premiers & variations of her Dalmatian Suite epic piano instrumental. Riverwood Poetry Festival Exec. dir. Colin Haskins asked to write poetry for some of these pieces (they fit perfectly!). These instrumental/vocal/spoken word pieces will be the center of her next CD, Welcome Home, release ~ 2011.
(#101) 2001 "Forever & Always"-singer/songwriter entry
For 2002 Sweetbriar College (VA) initial festival. Encouraged by D.C. producer Jim Houck, 6 pure acoustic, 5 originals, one traditional (2 autoharp/vocals, 4 guitar/vocals). A piano student's father exchanged lessons for CD production (CT/NY based) & a 9/15/01 deadline forced final production during a traumatic time. It is an authentic 1st effort at pure acoustic recording (no splicing, overdubbing).
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(#102) 2002 "Dalmatian Suite" - epic piano instrumental
In '03 she performed this as a contempory composer in Playing, Praying & Paying for Peace III, an American Friends Service Committee benefit covered by Fox 61. The piece encompasses ‘big/deep themes’: Creation, Love, Dissonance, War & Reconciliation back to Love. One fan listened to it all day at work, another 3-4 hours. In '06 she played it on the Chihuly Olympia, a Model D 8' 11 3/4" Steinway Concert Grand commissioned for the '02 Winter Olympics touring at Steinert, Steinway & Son's in West Hartford, CT. Immediately following she was invited to join their teaching faculty & the CD was put in their front window (& sold). Recorded on a Mason Hamlin Grand, the rest of this suite is now being recorded with vocals for her next '08 CD, "Welcome Home". Gale was interviewed 6/13/08 by Larry Balinsky, host of WWUH Contemporary Classics show featuring this piece. The multiple compare/contrast music recordings that Larry presented are enough for a double CD (12 tracks Dalmatian Suite, 4 bonus tracks presented as 'just music' and 2nd CD 'music & stories behind' )
(#103) 2002 "Dulcimer Folk Assoc. 2001 Benefit Concert"
Invited to perform solo within the week of the May 2000 benefit, this '01 Avon, CT benefit has live recordings of 2 songs (& other performers for over 60 min. of music) -autoharp-instrumental/vocal. Waltz of the Waves (H. Reid) Four Green Fields (T. Makem) Not currently available.
(#104) 2003 "Love will Always Find You" -vocal duo /guitar
Requested at the 2 yr. annivesray of 9/11 by family of Todd Ouida, who died in 9/11/01. It is a solo/duo with Gale's 17yo voice student, Matt Jones, of her original song (lyrics by Gale & St. Paul 1 Corinthians 13). Sales benefit the Todd Ouida Foundation keeping his spirit alive helping children with anxiety/depression have fulfilling lives. Todd's father requested the score for his church men's choir to sing (done,available to others by request); it was sung at a friend's funeral 3/'06, & an MP3 was E-mailed to Virgina Tech Dean of Students Fri. 4/20/07.
(#105) "Live in Studio Aug. 18, 2005 WWUH" -vocal/guitar
A Univ. of Hartford DJ heard Gale & invited her to his show-hece a 4th CD (Live in the Studio!), as fans wanted stories along with the songs. He played Love Will Always Find You & Gale sang "The Ballad of King Philip & Puss N Boots", "The Wheat Bows Down", & "Deloras, A Pony With Attitude". He had played "Rose of Allendale" & "Right Person, Place & Thyme" from F&A prior to the interview.
(#106)'06 "Share the Journey" CSA Compilation
CT Songwriter Assoc.(CSA) compilation "Share the Journey" includes spiritual & inspirational songs in range of styles from folk, gospel, country & celtic to classical, including Gale's "One Day". This CD was released the same weekend as a retreat Gale was to provide music, and this song was requested to be shared during that retreat also. More information can be found at CSA's website. Proceeds to LUNCH (Local United Network to Combat Hunger).
(#107) 2006 "DF#A 2005 Sounding Board Coffeehouse Benefit"
This is a double CD release of the Dulcimer Folk Assoc.'s Live '05 Benefit Concert for Sounding Board Coffeehouse in W.Hartford, CT. First recorded amplified autoharp instrumental/ vocals "Waltz of Waves" (H.Reid)/"Rose of Allendale"(trad) & "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You" (E.Presley et al). This 2nd live recording has become a favorite of fans & is on the new Timeless Love CD!
(#108) 2007 "Along the Road" CSA Compilation
This has Gale's previously unrecorded "More Than Horses & Men" (won a songwriting challenge at the Stagecoach Inn, Groton, MA) & "The Wheat Bows Down". CD release was 9/15/07 at CSA's 6th Ecumenical Day of Praise (St. James's Episcopal Church, W. Hartford, CT). This was a 100% benefit for the hungry, 50% CT, 50% Heifer International via Local United Network to Combat Hunger.
(#109) 2007 "Holiday Harmony" CSA Compilation
This has Gale's 1st Christmas song, "Your Happy Birth", amusing as she was born Dec. 25th... Since she had laryngitis the day of recording, her students (Sarah Petersen & George Luther) moved up from back up vocals to sing it as a duo with beautiful harmonies while Gale plays guitar. The CD has 13 songs both secular & of Winter season's faiths, including a Hanukkah song by Thomasina Levy, a CT State Troubadour. Proceeds benefit hunger relief-can be purchased from Gale or CSA.
(#110) 2008 "Timeless Love: Old,New,Borrowed,Blue, Strong & True"-Piano,guitar,autoharp,vocals,instrumentals (see cdbaby.com/cd/galebgardiner2 for details)