Gayle Ackroyd

Gayle Ackroyd

BandBluesAdult Contemporary

A Chrystal clear voice singing passionate lyrics. She has an easy going manner and a humorous attitude. A real pro. Gayle Ackroyd's live performance leaves you feeling rejuvenated.

Biography

Gayle Ackroyd

“Gayle Ackroyd clearly enjoys herself on stage. She is professional, polished and has a radiant smile that would stop traffic.” T.O. Nights

Guitar slinger and blues singer Gayle Ackroyd “a whole lot of tender and a little bit tough” as Lenny Stoute of the Toronto Star once called her, belts out the blue eyed soul with intense energy, grit and class all at the same time.

“I want to entertain and inspire people to both, laugh and cry, dance and sing when they hear our band.” says Gayle when asked what we can look forward to at the Festival.

The Gayle Ackroyd CD “Women be Wise” has a few originals one of them being “Never Felt Blue Like this before” which received Honorable Mention from the Ontario Folk Festivals Songwriting Competition Songs from the Heart in the Blues Category.

The covers on the CD are Paying the Cost to be the Boss
By B.B. King, Love me Like a Man by Bonnie Raitt, Women be Wise a Sippy Wallace tune and Memphis in the Meantime by John Hiatt

Gayle can perform as a solo act or come armed with a hot band and a repertoire of blues classics from Divas such as: Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeski, Tracey Chapman, Etta James, Luanne Barton, Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball.

Gayle was spotted singing at P.K.Creek in Mississauga as a special guest with Robbie Lane and the Disciples. Sitting in with her was Jeff Healey who later asked her to sing at his club “Healey’s” in Toronto.

As part of the Festival’s Workshops; Gayle is available to sit in singing harmony, playing guitar or percussion such as tambourine and shakers and she can also talk about her songwriting method and collaborations.

Contact: Gayle Ackroyd
gayle.ackroyd@gmail.com
gandj.gibson@sympatico.ca
Phone: 905-451-6909, cell: 416-948-6909
www.myspace.com/gayleackroyd
www.gayleackroyd.com

Lyrics

Like Mother and Like Daughter

Written By: Gayle Ackroyd

Like Mother and like Daughter Gayle Ackroyd
CC/B|Am|F|C|CB|Am|F|G|
CC/B|Am|F|C|CF|CG|CF|CG|
She’s done the best she can
With what she’s had to work with
She does the best each day
The only way she knows
And so it goes like Mother and like Daughter
She’s done the best she can with what she knows

She got an education
just like her Mother told her
And she’s paying off the loan
by working one more shift
And she drifts, deep inside a memory
Back to her Mothers house where she once lived

She lines the path with stones
that lead down to the river
And plans the flower bed
round Daffodils and Vines
The laugh lines show round her eyes
That sparkle with the memory
Of running through the rain in the spring time

She’s done the best she can
with what her Mother gave her
A good head on her shoulders,
a good deal of self pride
And she hides her face
when she cries at silly movies
that she loves to watch on Friday nights

I've Never Felt Blue Like This Before

Written By: Gayle Ackroyd

I’ve Never felt Blue like this Before
Gayle Ackroyd Gibson November 1, 2004
| E | F#m | Bm | G F# |
Bm| % | G | % :||
I never felt so broken up
That I knew I couldn’t be fixed
Words stab like daggers
Betrayal and dirty tricks
| F# | % | G | % |
I know I’ll never want you back
No maybe and no once more
| E | F# | Bm | G F# |
I’ve never felt blue like this before

Take an angel, and then take away her wings
That’s what you’ve done to me
And so many other things
That when I cry I feel Heaven cry some more
I’ve never felt blue like this before

| E | % | Bm | % |x3
And when you’re gone the pain will be gone too
And all the suffering and what you’ve put me through
Just lay me down, just lay me down
So I can get some rest
| F# | % | % | % |
This ain’t love and it sure ain’t happiness

I never felt so broken
My soul got up and walked away
It never got so dark I couldn’t see the light of day
I never felt so lost that I couldn’t find the door
I’ve never felt blue like this before
| E | F# | Bm | G F# |
I’ve never felt blue like this before
| E | F# | * | Bm | G F# | Bm |
I’ve never felt blue like this before

I Want to Rock You

Written By: Gayle Ackroyd

I Want to Rock You Gayle Ackroyd
Verse: E| | | |A| | E| |B| |A| |E stop!| | B|

I want to hold you, I want to squeeze you
I want to kiss you all night long
I want to rock you, I want to roll you
I want to do you till the day is done
I want to be the last one you think about
Before you fall sleep at night (stop)
I want to be your only lover
The only one to do you right

2nd verse
I want to play with you, I want to strum you
Like you¡¦re my only vintage guitar
Serenade you, never trade you
Grow old with you still in my arms
Be the polish on your varnish
The strap around your neck (stop)
I want to be your only lover
The dream that hasn¡¦t come true yet (BBBBBBB)

Bridge |A| | E| |A| |B| |
Ooh Baby, you¡¦re too good to be true
Ooh Baby, you make me do the things I do do do

3rd Verse
I want to shake you, I want to make you
Take you places that you¡¦ve never been
Make your head swirl, make your toes curl
Make you shout about it, holler and scream
Rock you like no body has ever
Rocked your world before (stop)
You¡¦re gonna want me something bad
And then you¡¦re gonna want some more

Solos
Guitar |A| |E| |A| |B| |
Piano |E| | | |A| |E| |B| |A| |E|
climb to bridge

Ooh Jerry Lee!
What¡¦s that? you want to marry me?
Mmmm let me see,
You gotta wait in line behind Chuck Berry

4th Verse
All the black keys and the white keys
On this piano have blurred into one
All eighty eight, I can¡¦t keep it straight
I¡¦m in love and I¡¦m coming undone
I want to keep the rhythm going all night long
Smack that bass and hit that drum (stop with shots on one)
I want to be your only lover
I want to rock you all night long (1234)
(four quarter note shots on E to end)

Verse: E| | | |A| | E| |B| |A| |E stop!| | B|
Bridgeƒ» |A| | E| |A| |B| |

Rattle and Hum

Written By: Gayle Ackroyd/Robert Cole

RATTLE & HUM Written by Gayle Ackroyd Gibson & Robert J. Cole
From the Brampton Folk Club CD, 2003
G |G |C D|C G |
As their love set out on the trail, the wind blew off her new veil
G | G | C D |C G |
As the Cadillac picked up speed, that old car rode like a young steed
C |D |G |C |
As they traveled along their way, she was as pretty as a summer’s day
C | D |G C | D G |
Two young lovers, oh so proud, that road will never see a dark cloud

G |C |D |D |
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh rattle & hum
G |C | D | D |
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh they’ve become one
C |D |
She picked up her guitar, began to strum
G |C |
Along with the Caddy that rattled and hummed
G |C |G |G |
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, rattle & hum

As that car hit over drive, it was as if they touched the sky
As the radio played their tune, they swore they’d never forget that June
As they traveled from day to night, the stars were shining oh so bright
As the moonlight filled the sky, those stars lit up her beautiful eyes

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh rattle & hum
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh we’ve become one
She picked up her guitar, began to strum
Along with the Caddy that rattled and hummed
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh rattle & hum

(G)They hit the road another (G) beautiful day
The(C) sun glist(D)ened those (C)amazing rays
(G)They’ll be thankful (G) for those days,
and (C) hope that (D)feeling never (C)fades (G)away

Chorus (repeat last line of chorus 3x)

Passing Through

Written By: Gayle Ackroyd

Don’t Mind Me I’m Only Passing Through
Gayle Ackroyd @1996

I stopped for gas in our home town early today
I saw you filling up your car , then you drove away
I started thinking back to all the times we had
But seeing you again just made me sad

Does the sun still shine it’s rays down
On our secret place in the park
Does the moon still hold hands with the river
After it gets dark
Do you still think of me sometimes
Like I still think of you
Oh don’t mind me I’m only passing through

I was young and anxious and in love for the first time
You were strong and gentle and I thought
That you’d always be mine
You and me forever was the last thing that you said
I had bigger dreams than this little town could give

Does the sun still shine it’s rays down
On our secret place in the park
Does the moon still hold hands with the river
After it gets dark
Do you still think of me sometimes
Like I still think of you
Oh don’t mind me I’m only passing through

I still remember all the songs we use to sing
Driving round in your daddy’s car
We’d laugh for hours in the pouring rain
You taught me how to play guitar
I could track you down, but it would never be the same
There’s some things you don’t get back again

Does the sun still shine it’s rays down
On our secret place in the park
Does the moon still hold hands with the river
After it gets dark
Do you still think of me sometimes, like I still think of you
Oh don’t mind me I’m only passing through

Baby When You're Gone

Written By: Gayle Ackroyd

Baby When You’re Gone Gayle Ackroyd

Baby(C) when you’re (Am7)gone I (Em)miss you
I (Dm)fall into the (Am7)blackness of the (G)sky(FG)
And (C)every little (Am7)star that’s up here (Em)sparkles
In (Dm)every little (Am7)corner of my (G)eye(FG)
And (F)sleep just doesn’t want to come this (C)evening
No (F)matter how I (Am7)toss these thoughts (G)around
I (C)can only (Am7)picture you (Em)beside me
And (F)imagine (G)how your voice would (C)sound(FG)

Baby when you’re gone I miss you
I take some extra time at getting home
I spend a little money slowly shopping
Instead of watching TV all alone
Are little things reminding you about me
Like lovers holding hands along the walk
I sure don’t feel like doing any cooking
Don’t feel like phoning, anyone to talk

Baby when you’re gone I miss you
I know I should be stronger than I am
I just kinda’ feel like somethings’ missing
And I know you will be here when you can
So I’ll just say my prayers and make my wishes
Hoping that some day they’ll all come true
All the stars in Heaven start to sparkle
Cause they know I’m dreaming about you

Discography

"Anything But Blue" 1997
"Women be Wise" 2005
"Give it all you Got" 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUIsXqWV9f4

Set List

Gayle Ackroyd songs from all three CD's
Cover songs would be chosen to suit the event.
Example Blues Show B.B. King, Marcia Ball
Tribute Show Women of the 1960's Lulu, Dusty Springfield
The first show is one hour
15 minute intermission
2nd show 45 minutes
Encore 5 minutes