Lantern in a Poet's Garden - Songs written to poems. (Poems for download below)

Nine poems by Danske Bedinger Dandridge (1854-1914), two by her cousin, Daniel Bedinger Lucas (1836-1909)     Music by Terry Tucker

Playing with Terry on piano are  Ralph Gordon, cello and bass, Ardyth Gilbertson, harmony vocals and lead on "Dreams", Betty Jo Rockwell, flute on "The Fairy Camp" and "Dreams", Sharon Hall, violin on "Dreams", Kelly Cornelius, djembe on "The Fairy Camp", Greg Small, trumpet, Brian Ellsworth, French horn and Cam Millar, trombone on "Wings".


 The Shepherdstown Chronicle 

Terry's voice has depth, fragility, strength; listening is an intimate experience.  Jennie Avila

Terry Tucker has done more than just shine a new light on Danske Dandridge´s poems; it seems more as if the words have patiently waited a century or so for this artistic completion--for the musical equivalent of a spring rain that brings forth astonishing new life.

 It´s always intriguing to find that words of sufficient beauty can stretch all the way from some other period of history to right now. Maybe--as with a fine piano string--the longer the distance the more deeply it resonates.

Words and notes fall like leaves in some of these songs,the sound flows like trickling water--gathering in pools here and there, rushing on, wandering into secret ways, flowing freely again. You can only be swept along by enchanting invitations to worlds within and worlds without-surreal, familiar, intimate, transcendent. The various tracks are too diverse to easily encapsulate, but for me perhaps "The Stream and I" comes as close as any to exemplify the spirit and gist of the whole. Whether a stream of water, stream of life, or indeed the stream of music itself--there is always the feeling of being tentatively in touch with the rush of life and nature, of unexpected moments of fragile tranquility and reflection, of thrilling momentary acquaintance with something untouchable. The words themselves have stood on their own; intensely personal or remotely abstract, self-absorbed and introspective yet bursting with life--they are as evocative of a stream´s flash and sparkle and spray as with its quiet depths.  Angus White 


Free Download, eleven poems, song lyrics for Lantern in a Poet's Garden


Nine poems are by Caroline Bedinger Dandridge, 1854-1914, known as Danske Dandridge from her birth in Denmark when her father was the U.S. ambassador there.  Two poems are by Danske's cousin, Daniel Bedinger Lucas, 1836-1909.  Both poets lived in Jefferson County, West Virginia, Danske in Shepherdstown and Daniel near Charles Town. Terry Tucker's music turns these poems into the songs on her CD, Lantern in a Poet's Garden

A Clockwork Orange - soundtrack CD

"Overture to the Sun" by Terry Tucker and "I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper" by Erika Eigen are both in this film soundtrack.  The tracks are also on the The Sound of Sunforest album but the arrangements are different for each one. 

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Gratias, Amen

Gratias, Amen! - thank you and goodbye, dear friend - is a tribute to organist Barbara King.  The music combines piano, organ, trumpet, French horn and full choir. It's recorded live in a church sanctuary so the acoustics are great and the energy is high.

The Sound of Sunforest - CD

Terry Tucker & Treehouse, "Comin' Home"

The songs on "Comin' Home" start with the title track, which came to Terry after watching Bonnie Raitt perform at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA, and making the decision to move back to West Virginia and reunite with Ardyth Gilbertson to form a band which became Treehouse.   Every track on this CD is an expression of longing for nature and shouting-out-in-the-street love;  frustration & wit, ("Restless Blues"), anger ("Prying Eyes") and lectures to self ("Be Still") add some pepper.  "Far From Home", which ends the CD, weaves the tapestry of a childhood in the mountains of West Virginia.  Treehouse backs all of the songs on Comin' Home, along with other gifted Shepherdstown musicians.

Ancient Ayres & Carols for Christmas

Terry and Ardyth enjoy singing pagan and Christmas carols from around the world and have arranged and recorded twelve of their favorite mostly European carols for this CD. A lot of these carols have pre-Christian roots and celebrate both the Winter Solstice and Christmas. “Green Grow’th the Holly”, written by King Henry VIII of England celebrates the changing seasons. "The Cherry Tree Carol" is Appalachian at its soulful best.

 Reviews from people who have bought this CD:  

I'm listening to your CD here in the shop, I got it from you last year at one of your shows.  I LOVE IT!   ...and I'd really love to offer it for sale here in my store.  I love the mix of music on it, totally captures the diversity of the season!!  THANKS!  Lillian, The Local Source, 133 & 1/2 W. German Street, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, 304-876-1380 

I listened to every Christmas song.  What a refreshing change from what comes out of the ceiling at malls!  The Cherry Tree Carol brought tears to my eyes.  And the histories of the songs were really interesting. I realized that I’d been listening to some of these songs for years but noticing only now what the words meant.  Lex Larson

Ancient Ayres & Carols for Christmas is one of my all-time favorite Christmas CDs,right up there with Bing's. Bing Crosby, that is! Cheryl Mansley

 What a wonderful change! Really neat ancient carols, without the same old repeats found on most other Christmas albums. Great harmonies; beautiful blending of voice and instrument. Just set the CD player on "repeat" and let 'er rip.  John Burns

Here it is, weeks after Christmas, and I'm still playing this CD and humming or singing along with it. It's somehow both soothing and invigorating, with a Celtic feel. My absolute favorite songs are "The Holly and the Ivy" and "Green Grow'th the Holly," but unlike most of the CDs I have, I enjoy every single song.  Anne Eden 

I've listened to this album many times. it's great! totally unlike the typical Christmas album of standards we've all heard countless times. wonderful harmonies, lovely carols.  bernard demartini

Ancient Ayres & Carols for Christmas by Terry Tucker and Ardyth Gilbertson provides the listener with a moment of peace, beauty, and joy in the midst of a chaotic world.  Betty Jo Rockwell 

cool old carols!  I was pleasantly charmed on my way to work this Christmas season by the yuletide songs of Terry Tucker and her companion. There are some traditional carols but mostly old English Christmas melodies. Recommended to put some definite cheer into the holiday season!  Hyder "Ray" Raza

I found myself literally just listening to this one CD over and over again throughout the season. It's sweet; it's simple; has a way of just easing the spirit. I especially loved the Hodie.  Charlotte Baker-Shenk


Treehouse is the band's second CD, but the first to feature tracks from all members.  There are original songs from Terry Tucker, Butch Sanders and Ardyth Gilbertson, original tunes from Matt Robinson.  Covers include Matt's beautifully arranged "The Maker" and Ardyth's soulful version of "Morning Dew".  The covers that have become part of the Treehouse sound, however are the Latino pop songs from bass player, John Quintinilla.  Everyone is up and dancing for these so they with the band's originals form the backbone of Treehouse.