WESTSIDER PROFILES – JOHN RYRIE

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By Derek Green

John’s red hat and soft tones have been the background soundtrack to busy Yarraville Village’s weekends for almost 10 years.

“I used to live here in the 80’s, but then I was in North Carlton. When I came back there had been a lot of change”

John is now a constant – whether its a cool Saturday morning, or sweltering hot Friday night, you will usually find him entrenched outside either the IGA in Anderson St, or around the corner near the Sun Theatre, gently playing away.

“I do it for a combination of earning a living and just pure enjoyment. In fact playing and watching the Village going about its business, it’s quite therapeutic”.

He speaks softly with both his voice and his guitar – you will always see him with his trademark semi-acoustic Maton with the dark sunset finish.

“I have 11 guitars. This one is my favourite.”

Photo: Patrick Klovekorn

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