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The Music

Sally's Garden is a trio of John Wiesen (Guitar and Vocals), Sally Wiesen (Fiddle and Vocals) and Megan Achterhof (Vocals, Ocarina, Percussion) who perform acoustic based Celtic music as well as original compositions in the traditional style. John is a songwriter with over 40 songs and tunes to his credit and is an accomplished singer and guitarist. His Scots-Irish heritage and interest in geneaology has provided inspiration for his original songs and tunes. From haunting airs to rousing pub songs to acapella harmonies, Sally's Garden brings you an exciting and enchanting blend of Celtic musical magic. John's voice and style is often compared to Andy M. Stewart, and Megan's voice has the clarity and beauty of Karan Casey. Sally rounds out the sound with beautiful fiddle airs and toe tapping jigs and reels. Our sound has both the fire and rhythms of Silly Wizard and the harmonies and meditiative elements of Nightnoise and Clannad. Other musical influences include Seven Nations and Le Vent du Nord.

We have just completed our first CD The Swaying Branches. You may purchase it for $12.97 on CD Baby, or from us directly: Email us for the address to send your check. Please listen to the music clips below to check it out, or the seven minute 'sampler plate' mp3 of clips the whole in order of appearance.

Swaying Branches CD cover

The Swaying Branches  Demo MP3 (7 meg)

Here is our Set List and also some descriptions and lyrics from my original songs and tunes, what they are like and what inspired them. I use Noteworthy Composer software to compose and edit our music. NWC is excellent and economical (Only $39 as of June 06) music composition software, I highly recommend it.

Listen to our music: