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Live in the Clubs: Sparlin got early inspiration to perform music from family

Gail Sparlin will be playing at Emack & Bolio’s on Friday night. (Jim Miller/Desolation Road Studios)
Gail Sparlin will be playing at Emack & Bolio’s on Friday night. (Jim Miller/Desolation Road Studios)
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Gail Sparlin has never lacked musical inspiration. A 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 ...


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