The GinSangers   Connie Townsend & Dave Parker

The GinSangers Connie Townsend & Dave Parker

 Elkins, West Virginia, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

When you take the musical tour with the GinSangers, you take the blue highways into the heart and roots of American music. The music is real. It crosses all the lines of blues, country, swing and traditional.

Biography

Connie and Dave are award-winning songwriters. In 2003 they won the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest – considered by many to be the preeminent Americana festival in the United States. They were finalists at Mountain Stage New Song Fest and received an honorable mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Their songs--described as sweet and gritty, edgy and true. They have taught songwriting at Augusta Heritage Center. Connie and Dave made their debut on WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC RADIO'S MOUNTAIN STAGE in August 2005. They shared the stagewith Kasey Chambers, The Greencards, Jedd Hughes, Tony Joe White, and the Mountain Stage band. The show has aired on NPR AND PRI a number of times. They regularly play a variety of clubs, theaters, festivals and other events. Their work is supported by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the NEA. Please visit www.theginsangers.com for more info and our calendar.

Lyrics

Firefly

Written By: Connie Townsend & Dave Parker

FIREFLY

THERE’S A HALF MOON RISING
SHINING ON THE WATER TONITE
THERE’S A HALF MOON RISING
SHINING ON THE WATER TONITE
SOMEWHERE IN THE DARK
YOUR LOVE IS LIKE A SPARK
FROM A SINGLE FIREFLY

ARE YOU A PHANTOM
SLIPPING THROUGH THE TREES
ARE YOU A PHANTOM
SLIPPING THROUGH THE TREES
I TRY TO HOLD YOU CLOSE
BUT YOU’RE JUST LIKE A GHOST
DISAPPEARING ON THE BREEZE

TONITE I FEEL YOU
WHISPER AGAINST MY CHEEK
TONITE I HEAR YOU
WHISPER AGAINST MY CHEEK
YOU’RE A PRETTY MOTH
FLUTTERING AND SOFT
DRAWN NTO MY CANDLE LIGHT
YOU’RE A PRETTY MOTH
FLUTTERING AND SOFT
DRAWN NTO MY CANDLE LIGHT

COME TO ME LOVER
A PRESENCE IN THE MIST
COME TO ME LOVER
A PRESENCE IN THE MIST
MAKE YOURSELF REAL
I PROMISE NOT TO STEAL
THE MYSTERY IN YOUR EYES
Repeat 1st Verse

© C. Townsend & D. Parker, Wild GinSang Music, BMI

Circus Came To Town

Written By: Connie Townsend & Dave Parker

Circus Came To Town

The circus came to town, rolled in late last night
Elephants and clowns, wagons painted bright
Down by the railroad track
That lonesome silver track
When are you coming back?

Small towns are for leaving, is what you said to me
Now everywhere I look, your face is all I see
Down by the railroad track
That lonesome silver track
When are you coming back?

There ain’t no train tonight
The depot’s closed up tight
Platform lights are burning
Somewhere steel wheels are turning

Swirling lights and colors down in the heart of town
Music in the streets, big wheel spins around
Down by the railroad track
That lonesome silver track
When are you coming back?

Kids and cotton candy, popcorn on the ground
Sideshow barker calls, town cop wears a frown
Down by the railroad track
That lonesome silver track
When are you coming back?

Rowdy boys with six-packs hidden in the weeds
Young lovers arm in arm believe in valiant deeds
Down by the railroad track
That lonesome silver track
When are you coming back?

There ain’t no train tonight
The depot’s closed up tight
Platform lights are burning
Somewhere steel wheels are turning

Down by the railroad track
That lonesome silver track
When are you coming back?
© C. Townsend & D. Parker, Wild GinSang Music, BMI

Carry My Soul Away

Written By: Connie Townsend & Dave Parker

Carry My Soul Away

Two to sing, two to pray
Two to carry my soul away

The day is quickly passing
The thrushes’ song is stilled
Come to me Lord of Grace
For my soul feels a chill

Chorus:
My mother’s dressed in black
Six angels at my back
Two to sing, two to pray
Two to carry my soul away

Holy Ghost come nigh me
Stir the breath of life
My heart it is weary
I’m worn with trials and strife

Chorus

Take me to the Promised Land
I’m ready to cross oe’r
Let me walk Love’s holy way
Show me heaven’s door

Chorus

© C. Townsend & D. Parker, Wild GinSang Music, BMI

Discography

These Hills (LP), Gentle Graces (LP), The Ginsangers Live (LP), and their newest release, The Weight of Light (LP). You can hear clips at www.ginsangmusic.com or their My Space site. With the release of Weight of Light, The Ginsangers have been a featured band on XM Radio and received strong reviews.

Set List

We typically do 2 - 45 to 50 minute sets. Our repertoire consists of a mix of original and traditional songs with a few covers of such artists as Hank Williams, John Prine, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch and Kasey Chambers.

Set List 1 - Hey Good Lookin’, Witchdoctor, Darker Shades Of Blue, Dead Broke, The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn, The Weight of Light, Sleepy Desert, Two Worlds, Redemption, Pony, Firefly, Circle Game,

Set List 2 - Rock Me Like A Lullaby, Lonesome Wind Blues, Get Right With God, Old Cat Blues, Long Black Veil, Wings Of Time, Elvis Presley Blues, Does It Mean Anything, Watching For A Rainbow, Restless Woman Blues, Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness, I Can’t Let Go, Pilgrim