The Brampton Guardian - Time Out Magazine - February 2005
Gayle Ackroyd: Lady Sings the Blue-Eyed Blues [Read
The Record - Canadas Weekly Music Business
Newspaper (Volume 16, Issue #34)
Gayle Ackroyd - Anything But Blue - Ack-rack 002 (Festival).
A Toronto-based club and bar singer, Ackroyds better than
most, mixing a friendly brew of AC, rock, blues and country influences.
Passing Through, Squeaky Couch and Saturday Night On Bourbon Street
give some idea of the breadth of the womans talent. Doing
What I Wanna Do is an anthem for all the other indie acts out there.
Music Row - Nashvilles Music Industry
Honorable Mentions by Robert K. Oermann
Gayle Ackroyd/Train Of Love/Ack-rack.
What the critics are saying ...
T.O. Nites - Kim Dowson
A well established and respected artist on the Local Blues scene,
guitarist/vocalist Gayle Ackroyd is an extraordinary talent that
must not be overlooked by music fans. Her recordings include a
CD entitled, Anything But Blue, and a cassette album Hard Luck
Town. Copies of both can be obtained at any one of Gayle's gigs
in and around the GTA.
Her most recent appearance was at P.K. Creek in Mississauga
as special guest of hosts Robbie Lane and the Disciples. Gayle
wowed the audience with classic covers and brilliant originals.
The crowd danced graciously to her on-stage abilities and offered
overwhelming applause at the end of her performance. Even surprise
guest Jeff Healey was taken by her incredible vocals.
For Blues fans, I strongly recommend you keep an eye out for
this lady. She is an incredible talent; both classy and professional.
Although there are no dates confirmed as yet, she will be back
as a guest at P.K. Creek and will soon be showcasing herself at
Healey's in Toronto. I also recommend that if you are able to
pick up a copy of her work that you do so. Do not miss this lady,
she'll knock your socks off and set your feet on fire.
Performance Review by Gary 17
Gayle Ackroyd demonstrated the power of her songwriting and wowed
a throng assembled to celebrate release of her new album, Anything
But Blue, at the Horseshoe March 24. Particularly impressive on
this night were What Would A Good Girl Do, I
Am Yours and You Are Mine and the poignant Passing
Through which latter she delivered sans the band to a hushed
room. A special treat, especially for this fan of Ackroyds
previous albums, was a stirring rendition of Labour of Love
a song that in my opinion ought to have propelled Ackroyd to Shania
Twain status years ago.
T.O. Nites - L. Poole
Anything But Blue is clean, concise and professional;
Its fairly obvious that Ackroyd is capable of performing
at an international level...
The Toronto Star - Club Crawl: Lenny Stoute
Beating the heat in a black mini cocktail waitress outfit and
spikes to match, Ackroyd and band started slowly, building a set
which drew encores from this usually indifferent crowd...Ackroyd
has a depth of under-recognized talent.
The Mississauga News - Arts & Entertainment: Mike
With her acoustic, rootsy kind of stuff, Gayle Ackroyd
has been a mainstay in local blues-a-billy clubs for years. But
on her new independent CD, Anything But Blue she finally hits
her stride as a recording artist. The fast tunes are fun like
Squeaky Couch and What would A Good Girl Do?, but stark ballads
allow her to get to deeper expression, lyrically and vocally.
The title cut and Passing Through remind listeners of Rossanne
Cash, Lucinda Williams and Jann Arden
T.O. Nite #45 - Review:Gayle Ackroyd by
Hard Luck Town 7-song tape; indie self produced
What I absolutely love about Gayle Ackroyd ~well,ok, one of the
things I absolutely love about Gayle~ is how as a songwriter,
she is able to dance the crooked straight and narrow in such matters.
There is a tune on this album, the first cut on the 2nd side,
On Your Own that is more than a gem, its a planetary system
fueller, another of her extraordinarily incisive yet non judgemental
observations on the way people behave and feel in relationships.
Gayle Ackroyd indeed has a gift for being able to get inside
the skin of a variety of people to understand their inner drives
and translate these into terms that anyone cannot only easily
understand but can access in an enjoyable way.She gives stirring
melodies and harmonic suggestions with a beat that really moves.
She is justly regarded as a premier songwriter of sufficient
caliber who no less an organization than the Toronto Blues Society
regards highly enough to call upon to host songwriting workshops,
and from whom Canadian Musician Magazine solicits articles on
On this tape once again Ackroyd establishes that shes
a songwriting whirlwind able to dance inside a life mode and come
through it with appreciation and ironic distance both intact as
important a qualification for a hit songwriter as any.
T.O. Nites - Gayle Ackroyd wowed P.K.Creek
- by Kim Dowson
A well established and respected artist on the local blues scene,
guitarist/vocalist Gayle Ackroyd is an extraordinary talent that
must not be over looked by music fans.
Her most recent appearance was at P K Creek in Mississauga Sunday
Jan 6th as special guest of hosts Robbie Lane and the Disciples.
Gayle wowed the audience with classic covers and brilliant originals.
The crowd danced graciously to her on stage abilities and offered
over whelming applause at the end of her performance. Even surprise
guest Jeff Healey who asked to sit in with her during her set
was taken by her incredible vocals. I strongly recommend you keep
an eye out for this lady. She is an incredible talent; both classy
and professional. Jeff Healey has asked Gayle to play at his club
Healeys in Toronto. Do not miss this lady, shell knock
your socks off and set your feet on fire. She returns to P.K.Creek
The Lakesider Music Notes by Bryan Hachey:
Lady Sings the Blues
Upon first hearing Gayle Ackroyd sing, one is immediately impressed
with her easy charm and the graceful lack of guile she brings
to a performance. Looking comfortable behind the microphone, Gayle
kept up a gentle banter with the audience, in a way that seemed
genuine and honest as though addressing a friend and not a room
full of strangers. She took the crowd to heart. I caught her recently
backed by her three piece ensemble where she and the band settled
early into an easy groove of soulful blues. She confessed to me
that she likes to play the blues as it gives her a chance
to improvise and play more leads on guitar. Gayle has a
smooth accomplished vocal style, that is both powerful enough
to belt out Aretha Franklins Do Right Woman
and yet subtle enough to elicit the fun and humour of Sherlyl
Crows All I Wanna Do.