Mike Craver stars at Gayville Hall Nov. 30 Mike Craver is a piano player, singer and songwriter whose stage musicals and performances have graced theatres from New York and Los Angeles all the way to Dodge City, KS, and soon, Gayville.
He performs in concert with fellow North Carolinians Bill and Libby Hicks at Gayville Hall in Gayville at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30.
Craver earned kudos off-Broadway with his eclectic blend of American and British folk, Tin Pan Alley, and popular American song. He has been compared to Cole Porter, David Frishberg, and Noel Coward.
A North Carolina native who lived and studied many years in Chapel Hill, Craver first gained attention during his 13 years with the Red Clay Ramblers. With that group, he first appeared off-Broadway in Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind.
He later appeared off-Broadway in Smoke on the Mountain and wrote the music for and appeared in The Oil City Symphony and Radio Gals.
Craver's musicals have also been produced at regional venues like the Pasadena Playhouse, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Milwaukee Repertory Company. He been featured many times on A Prairie Home Companion.
In addition to nine Red Clay Rambler albums and two original cast recordings, Craver has made three solo CDs.
Opening for Craver are Bill and Libby Hicks. Bill Hicks played in the Fuzzy Mountain String Band of Durham, NC, and co-founded its successor, the Red Clay Ramblers.
Since retiring from the Ramblers in 1981, he has performed in a duo with his wife, a singer and guitar player. Their recordings are on the Copper Creek label. She had previously teamed for eight years with Lightning Wells in a duo.
Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Tickets are $10 at the door or $12.50 for an advance reserved seat. Call 605-267-2859.