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February 18, 2009

Singer, storyteller Barb Ryman to perform at Caff� Acoustic on Feb. 27


Barb RymanBarb Ryman, the 2007 winner of the Best New Song at the Winfield Folk Festival, will be the featured performer at Caffé Acoustic held Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Brown’s in Arkansas City. There is no cost to attend the event.

A natural storyteller, Ryman delivers a rich mosaic of contemporary folk, drawing from country blues, Celtic balladry, and old-time gospel/bluegrass. Her latest CD, Earthbound, is receiving play on folk programs across the nation including the nationally syndicated, Midnight Special.

Ryman is known for her captivating live concerts and her ability to write music that heals. She is an accomplished speech-language therapist that helps children with special needs develop communication skills. She earned her masters in counseling psychology, facilitated grief groups and delved into other spiritual pursuits. This background seamlessly integrated itself into her music, making her concerts both entertaining and restoring.

Her career took off in 1996 when the Minneapolis Star Tribune ranked her CD, Lay Me Open, a top-10 release across all genres, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press proclaimed “You can’t help being amazed at the power of her presence and the sound of her voice. You can’t help but listen”.

She has released five CD’s and has received nine nominations for Minnesota Music Awards including Songwriter Of The Year, Recording Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Female Vocalist.

In 2002, the American Composers Forum awarded her the coveted McKnight Composer Fellowship. Also known for her topical humor, ABC television bought the rights to her satirical song “All American Dysfunctional Family” to promote a 2006 sit-com pilot.

Brown’s is located at 225 South Summit in Arkansas City. Caffé Acoustic is a community project, with CornerBank, Home National Bank, and Union State Bank, and The Arts at Cowley helping fund the concert series.