Bio


A retired Virginia school teacher of 34 years, Mary Gordon began her songwriting career in the 1980s writing songs for her students. Her first album, “I Just Can’t Eat My Peas!”, is enjoyed by families around the world.

 

 

            Her friend Will shows that he can't eat his peas!

 

 

More recently, though, she began to write and compose music for adults, and has performed in Central Virginia venues, including First Night Virginia, Gravity Lounge, Acoustic Muse, The Mockingbird Cafe, The Prism Coffeehouse, Third Street Coffeehouse, and Rapunzel's.  She has had an opportunity to share the stage with such premier musicians as Jesse Winchester (even got to sing What Makes You Strong with him!), Kate Campbell, Christine Lavin, Cheryl Wheeler, Tom Prasada-Rao, Cosy Sheridan, Bob Franke, Anne Hills and David Roth.  


                 


      Singing What Makes You Strong with Jesse Winchester

 

 

A regular at the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, North Carolina, students and instructors alike seek her out for her incredible harmonies.  In August of 2011, she retired from teaching and moved from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to Hyattsville, Maryland, seeking a larger folk music community and to become a full time singer/songwriter and songwriting teacher.



                          

                     

   A third grade group hug saying goodbye to Ms. Hall!

                


Besides traveling around sharing her songs in coffeehouses and concert series, she blends her two passions, teaching and songwriting, by leading songwriting workshops for children, grownups, and teachers. As the arts are typically the first to go when there are funding cuts, from experience, she knows how important it is to feel comfortable integrating music into the classroom. Her goal is to demonstrate to classroom teachers ways to encourage and assist students in songwriting.  She also is a songwriting coach for songwriters of all levels, performing or closeted.


                                      

 

 

Mary Gordon's debut cd, “Wine Glasses & Wooden Spoons” (2006), finds her in the richest expression yet of both voice and songwriting talent. Receiving radio play coast to coast, radio host and singer songwriter Christine Lavin said, "Her voice is gorgeous, her arrangements surprising. It's so obvious when I hear a voice like Mary Gordon Hall's, I know she was born to sing. A beautiful, beautiful album." Joining Mary Gordon on Wine Glasses & Wooden Spoons are some of central Virginia's most accomplished musicians, including John D'earth, Tom Proutt and Emily Gary (of Tom and Emily), Brady Earnhart, Terri Allard, Greg Trafidlo, and Morwenna Lasko, among others. Mary Gordon was thrilled to have two of her favorite musical mentors from out of state, Sloan Wainwright and David Roth, share their talents on her album. “Wine Glasses & Wooden Spoons” was co-produced and engineered by Jeff Romano of Greenwood Studio (now JimmyDog Studio) who helped bring the song collection to life. "Working with Mary Gordon was like being a kid again," said Romano. "The sessions with her mother were some of the most unforgettably fun times I've ever had in the studio. It was really easy to bring out MG's true musicality, and everyone else who contributed really put a perfect thumbprint there to invite the listener in. I'm really proud of this CD. It's like a welcome guest in my home."


                          

 Etch-a-Sketch drawing by Mary Gordon of Jeff in the studio