Gail Gallagher returns to Will Rogers Saturday

Gail Gallagher (Photo provided)

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake native, singer and actress Gail Gallagher will perform her “Over the Rainbow: A Judy Garland Songbook” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

Gallagher grew up in Saranac Lake and is the daughter of pianist Tomi Gallagher and the late high school teacher Bill Gallagher. She began singing at special gatherings at a young age and after working in radio, TV and educational media in Boston, she decided to pursue her love of music and began a professional singing career.

Since then, she has performed for hundreds of audiences along the east coast and has won rave reviews for her performances and CD’s from music and theatre critics including VARIETY, the Boston Herald and PBS radio and TV.

Gallagher produced her CD “Warm as a Late Spring Day” with her accompanist and arranger, EMMY award winner and Boston Pops pianist, Brad Hatfield. “A Singer’s Dream Team” is how Gail refers to the musicians who played with her on the CD: Brad Hatfield on keyboards, Marty Richards, of the Gary Burton band, on drums, popular jazz musician Dave Burdett on trumpet and additional percussion by Jon Chase, of the Berklee College of Music.

Gallagher and her band have added a modern twist to songs that touch our hearts from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, like “Cheek to Cheek” and “My Favorite Things.”

Gallagher said singing at Will Rogers is a joy as she describes in one of her newsletters to her fans.

“One of my favorite places to perform in the Adirondacks is at Saranac Village at Will Rogers — a lively retirement community filled with terrific people – where many public concerts are held. Built in 1928, it used to be a tuberculosis sanatorium providing free care for professional entertainers. Many a variety artist has graced the stage there. My grandmother was a vaudevillian herself. I can imagine the presence of those turn-of-the century performers when I step on to the stage or walk into the Great Room. I am blessed to be performing at Will Rogers again, amidst family and friends.”

This program is open to the public and a $5 donation is requested. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 518-891-7117 or visit