Ryman, Vickrey star at Gayville Hall Nov. 9

Ryman, Vickrey star at Gayville Hall Nov. 9 The Minneapolis singer-songwriter Barb Ryman will perform in concert at Gayville Hall in Gayville at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Mary Green Vickrey of Vermillion will open the show along with Gayville Hall hosts John and Susan McNeill of Springfield.

Ryman didn't start her professional career in music until she was 40 years old. After a decade and a half working as a speech pathologist and raising

two kids, she picked up her old guitar from college and became a finalist in a songwriting competition at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis in 1991.

Since then, she has been nominated four times for songwriter of the year and best folk recording by the Minnesota Music Academy, has been featured on the River City Folk NPR radio show, and has played clubs, concert halls, and coffeehouses across the country.

She released her fourth CD, Falling Down to Heaven, before embarking on her present tour.

Vickrey is a Tennessee native who is another late bloomer in music. The daughter of a piano teacher and a Presbyterian minister, she sang in church choirs from age 5 and was given her first guitar during the 1960s.

Vickrey didn't start taking her music seriously, however, until after teaching herself banjo and playing with a group of gospel and bluegrass players

(The Buckaroos) at the United Church of Christ of Vermillion in 1996.

A month and a half later she had written her first song. In the year 2000, she released her CD, Horizon Unbounded.

The year-and-a-half-year-old, alcohol-free Gayville Hall presents music shows several times a month. Concerts have included popular American song, blues, jazz, folk, gospel and country.

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Admission is $10 at the door or $12.50 for advance reserved seating. Call 605-267-2859.

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