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Nippertown, 7/5/2022, by Don Wilcock
Gail Sparlin – A Renaissance Woman Finds Her Holy Place

Album CoverThis Holy Place is an amazing new second album by Gail Sparlin. In a blindfold test, I would never be able to guess that the Judy Collins-style delivery was the product of my longtime friend. Add to that, listening to the 11 songs on here is like sneaking a look into her personal diary. It’s where she’s at right now in her life as a Renaissance woman. Read full article here…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The Gazette, 9/17/2014, by Bill Buell                                                                        Mohonasen Teacher Musical

4D1SPARLINH-940x940Writing songs was always something Gail Sparlin enjoyed doing, and turning them into a full-fledged musical has also been great fun. “I always liked the idea of weaving songs into a story,” said Sparlin, a music teacher at Mohonasen High School whose new musical, “Pokegama Hotel,” is being produced by Our Own Productions. Read full article here…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Times Union, 9/17/2014, Joseph Dalton
Life in a tavern turned into a musical. Slice of musician’s life
Local musician Gail Sparlin was raised in Minnesota by parents who grew up during the Great Depression. They infused their daughter with a work ethic that has served her well. 

_MG_1350She’s been a prolific songwriter and versatile teacher for decades. And for more than a year now, she has kept her nose to the grindstone on the largest undertaking of her career, a new musical titled “Pokegama Hotel,” which opens Friday and runs for six performances through September 28 in Schenectady. Read full article here…

The Gazette, 9/27/2012, Gazette Reporter reporter Brian McElhiney
Gail Sparlin has never lacked musical inspiration.
img_1850 copyA Minnesota transplant who has called the Capital Region home since 1986, she grew up surrounded by music — her mother was a jazz fan, and her father played chromatic harmonica and sang. Large family gatherings — her mother had six sisters and one brother — would often turn into impromptu jam sessions. Sparlin began playing piano at age 4, picking up banjo and guitar at 12. Her early family influences soon expanded to include Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Randy Newman and countless others across the blues, jazz, country and folk spectrums… Read full article here…