Bill Lauf plays Gayville Hall July 20

Bill Lauf plays Gayville Hall July 20 Gayville Hall presents the acclaimed singer-songwriter and tenor guitarist Bill Lauf in concert with the McNeills on Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m. in Gayville.

Lauf, whose latest CD is Gray Diner at 5 a.m., was born and raised in Connecticut, where he still makes his home. He and Horace Williams teamed up as a folk duo in the early 1980s and made a name for themselves on musical walking tours of New England and Quebec. The first, in 1980,

was spawned by Lauf's single, Vermont is Afire in the Autumn.

The troubadours walked the length of Vermont from Canada to Massachusetts, playing at grange halls, churches and schools. The next year the duo released their first LP and walked and performed from Sherbrooke, Quebec, to New Haven, CT.

Their third and final walk in 1982 was from Montreal to Manhattan, while performing 86 concerts in 26 days over a span of 430 miles.

Lauf released his first solo album, Songs from the Heart, in 1983. He also appeared on Susan Osborn's album, Susan, and in concerts with her in Boston, New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere.

Osborn, the former South Dakota singer who toured with the Paul Winter Consort and became an international star, produced another CD of her own songs in 2000 and again asked Lauf to record with her. When she performed in Sioux Falls at the Washington Pavilion last February, Lauf was her sole accompanist.

The Gayville Hall concert will be Lauf's first solo concert appearance in South Dakota. Gayville Hall's regular hosts, John and Susan McNeill, will open the show.

Gayville Hall is located at 602 Washington Street in Gayville. Tickets are $10 at the door or $12.50 for advance reserved seats. Call 605-267-2859.

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