Vickrey, Ryman star at Gayville Hall

Vickrey, Ryman star at Gayville Hall Mary Vickrey of Vermillion will open Saturday's 8 p.m. concert at Gayville Hall in Gayville starring Minneapolis singer-songwriter and recording artist Barb Ryman. Gayville Hall hosts, John and Susan McNeill, will also perform.

Ryman didn't start her professional music career 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 the songwriting competition at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis.

In the decade since, Ryman has been nominated four times for songwriter of the year and best folk recording by the Minnesota Music Academy. She has just released her fourth CD, Falling Down to Heaven.

Vickrey is a Tennessee native from a musical family who didn't start taking her music seriously 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, and, by the year 2000, she had released her CD, Horizon Unbounded.

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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