Folk trio to perform in Gayville

Folk trio to perform in Gayville The Clay County folk trio Kickland, Johnson and Martin perform in concert with John and Susan McNeill at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Gayville Hall in Gayville.

Rocky Kickland of Vermillion and Ed Johnson and Michelle Martin of rural Wakonda will play selections from their new CD, Meridian Bridge, as well as favorite tunes from the folk and folk-rock genres.

Johnson is a Yankton native and wrote most of the songs on the CD. He had admired the CD's title song, which was written by another Yankton musician, Michael McDonald, for more than two decades before recording it.

Kickland originally hailed from Chamberlain and met Johnson at USD, where both studied and earned degrees. They began playing music professionally together in 1972, moved to Omaha, where they played until 1976, and released

their first album, titled Clay County.

After many years pursuing life and careers apart in other fields and locations, Johnson and Kickland regrouped with Johnson's wife Michelle Martin when Johnson returned to South Dakota with Martin from Martin's native Idaho, where Johnson had lived for 13 years.

John and Susan McNeill of Springfield are the regular on-stage hosts at Gayville Hall and will share the evening with

their own brand of music.

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. A reserved seat costs $12.50. Call the box office at 605-267-2859. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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