Appalachian Summer

Terry Tucker, Ardyth Gilbertson & Ralph Gordon

Terry Tucker, Ardyth Gilbertson and Ralph Gordon bring Appalachian music live to The Black Box, featuring traditional, Carter family and Terry's own mountain songs. Autoharp, Piano, Bass, Strong Vocals and Harmony, Percussion, Sass and Wit.

Appalachian Summer was recorded live at The Black Box Arts Center in Shepherdstown, WV by Matt Robinson, Earth Vibe Productions with sound by John Bloomquist. The cover photo is by John Bloomquist.

The concert features some very old songs like “Barbara Allen”, mentioned in 1666 by Samuel Pepys (London, England) in his famous diary; Terry’s version is one she heard her grandmother sing. “Wraggle Taggle Gypsies” comes from Scotland, “Sail Away Ladies” is a fiddle tune Terry has adapted to the autoharp, “Far From Home” is Terry’s own memories and longing for her grandmother’s Appalachian holler home. Ardyth sings a version of "John Riley” she remembers from Odetta, Sally Schmidt joins Terry and Ardyth to sing some of the Carter family songs. "Sacred Ground" is Terry's tribute to wilderness throughout the world and particularly WV State Parks. Ralph’s stand-up bass paired with Terry’s autoharp and occasional percussion from Ardyth makes a good frame for these songs and Ralph’s bowed bass and Terry’s piano underpin some of the more soulful ballads. Performed in a small theatre to a lively audience, this concert brims over with beautiful tunes and stories.

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Molasses

Terry Tucker & Will Killeen, Freya Hogue, Erika Eigen, David Stoll

This recording was done in one take before a hanging microphone in a flat in London. Appalachian songs and blues have never sounded better; gorgeous vocal harmonies, brilliant slide guitar, autoharp, banjo, bass, harmonica, full of life and rocking!

Molasses includes all three members of Sunforest - Terry Tucker, Freya Hogue and Erika Eigen plus Irish guitarist, Will Killeen and composer David Stoll on bass. Will's guitar is always just right, driving, rhythmic and memorable and when you think you can't get happier, he plays Mississippi Delta-style slide. Freya's guitar backs Will's leads, blues harp and clawhammer banjo. You'll hear her 12 string and strong vocal on the Appalachian "Nottymun Town", her harp on "I'm Movin' On" and "Stagger Lee" and lead vocal on the gospel "Angel Band". Terry's distinctive autoharp style leads the Carter Family tunes, including ones that she sings, notably "Dixie Darling" and "You Are My Flower" and David's bass keeps it all grounded and solid. Will's gritty vocals lead the more bluesy songs, "Stagger Lee", "I'm Movin' On" and he sings a mean "Cripple Creek" and "Shady Grove" The crowning glory of this CD is the vocals, the variety of lead singers and the rich and satisfying harmonies and back-up vocals. Don't miss the sound of Sunforest singing the Carter Family's "Woke Up This Morning". Michael Klein recorded these songs for Molasses with no overdubs, just live in front of a single hanging mic. The sound is vibrant and you will probably play this CD over and over.

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Lantern in a Poet's Garden

Terry Tucker & Danske Dandridge

Poems by 19th century poets, Danske Bedinger Dandridge and her cousin, Daniel Bedinger Lucas brought to life with music by Terry Tucker. The poems inspired the music which now, almost two centuries later, gives the poems their due.

All poems but the first and last are by Caroline (Danske) Bedinger Dandridge, 1854-1914. She was born in Copenhagen, Denmark when her father, Henry Bedinger III was the first U.S. ambassador to that country. Her cousin, Daniel Lucas Bedinger, 1836-1909, wrote the first and last poems on this CD. Terry Tucker composed the music, bringing the lantern into the poet's' garden and illuminating the poems. Hover over the word 'story' to read details about each song. Download the poems here: Poems_from_Lantern_in_a_Poets_Garden.pdf

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".

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Gratias, Amen (Live)

Terry Tucker

Gratias, Amen! sounds like Handel if he wrote singles. A tribute to a musician, It features piano, organ, trumpet, French horn and full choir. It's recorded live in a church sanctuary, so the acoustics are great, the energy is high and alive.

Gratias, Amen! Thank you and goodbye, dear friend. This arms-open tribute starts with piano and organ, then trumpet and French horn and when the choir comes in, it keeps building until the organ climbs from the depths of its range to the heights prompting the all-out response from all instruments and voices, "Gloria! Gratias! Amen! Dedicated to Barbara King, organist and music director for Shepherdstown's Presbyterian Church and St. Agnes Catholic Church

Recorded live at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church by Joe House, Creative Age Studio, Mastered by Todd Stotler, Echoes Recording Studio SPC Choir conducted by Georgiann Toole Piano, Terry Tucker Organ, Dianne Holliman French Horn, Kari Edge Trumpet, Laura Sterner

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Terry Tucker's Orange Clockwork

Terry Tucker & session musicians

Here is a pop version of my "Overture to the Sun", which is in the film, A Clockwork Orange, also in the album, The Sound of Sunforest. "Terry Tucker's Orange Clockwork" was released by Warner Brothers as a single in the 70's.

This arrangement is over-the-top 70's; you may very well love it. It was distributed to juke boxes in England and one pub in Halifax, West Yorkshire had a chap who came in every day, sometimes twice, to play this song. I played piano, but most of the inspiration for the arrangement came from Vic Coppersmith, Sunforest's manager, dear friend and creative soul.

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Ancient Ayres & Carols for Christmas

Terry Tucker & Ardyth Gilbertson

No restraining choir directors touch here, but lively, lusty, earthy carols that have stood the test of time long before muzak and shopping malls peddled the carols that we mostly hear today. Details of each carol are there when you hover over 'story'.

These carols from the folk traditions of Britain, Germany, Spain, France and the Appalachian mountains of the U.S. are ancient, some from pre-Christian traditions. The melodies are suported by drum, tambourine and other percussion, piano, alto recorder and autoharp, Terry has been collecting carols for many years and she and Ardyth have been singing and arranging them long enough to want to share them with you.

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Comin' Home

Terry Tucker & Treehouse

All songs written by Terry Tucker (from "Comin' Home" to "Far From Home"), are recorded by Treehouse and other Shepherdstown, WV musicians. Hover over 'story' for each song.

Terry Tucker, vocals, piano, keyboards,

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