JOIN the ARCHIE’S SONG debut/Sing along.

Sat. Dec 22nd-  About NOON — Akron’s Lock 3 — 200 South Main St.


A Song for Archie     Adrian D’Alessio and Hal Walker


Along the Cuyahoga we’re in Archie Land

he’s more like a brother than a silly snowman

Archie is a friend, his kindness never ends

We’re singing all together now and ain’t life Grand

Ain’t life Grand with Archie standing tall before us

Ain’t life Wonderful, a snowman is leading us in chorus

with memories and lights shining all through the night


The season of the solstice brings the darkest night

We’re waiting with a promise of hope and light

Circling the sun, look how far we’ve come.

with all our friends and family, Oh ain’t life fun

Ain’t life fun, with Archie standing tall before us

Ain’t life wonderful, a snowman is leading us in Chorus

with memories and lights shining all through the night.


And now our Cuyahoga’s  sparkling with December snow

Along our river’s every bend from glen to tree lined row

Archie’s back and he’s singin a tune

with a smile, a hat, a scarf and a broom

… a talking snowman, here in downtown Akron

Our loving old friend’s finally home.

harmonica players

"Hal Walker has a pied-piper effect on people" - Cleveland Scene Magazine

"Hal was just the kind of artist we love to collaborate with.His wonderful blend of formality and play was fascinating to intellectuals and preschoolers alike. I’d jump at the chance to work with him again." - Kelly Armor. Folk Art and Education Director, Erie Art Museum

Hal Walker's Mass Harmonica Lesson is truly extraordinary. It was the highlight of our 2012 Children's Day Festival, and an unforgettable experience. People are still shouting "We Want More Harmonicas!" In my twelve years of festival experience I have never seen anything like it. - Colleen Reilly, Director, Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

"...Hal offered an extremely engaging, community-oriented harmonica workshop that appealed to children and adults alike. Hal’s passion for sharing music was clearly evident in his story-telling, musical performance and wonderful harmonica instruction. At the conclusion of the workshops, the participants left with not only a good sense of how to play the harmonica, but a feeling of carrying "music in their pocket"that’s sure to last a lifetime!"-Jennifer Shoup, director, Piano Preparatory School, Beavercreek, Ohio

"Hal instilled a greater love for music in all of my students and taught them skills that will benefit them for life."- Stephen J. Zinser, Principal, St. Vincent Ferrer

"Hal Walker touched our students’ lives. He connected with them in a way that made each child feel like he or she is the most important person in the world."-Candy Wingert, principal, Washington School, Tiffin, Oh

"...the result is an exhilarating fusion of traditions presented with carefully crafted nonchalance. Hal Walker’s virtuosity and disarming stage persona are guaranteed to bring the house down."-Cleveland Free Times

"...the mind boggling musical talents of Hal Walker. His command of even the simplest of musical instruments stole the limelight."