Bill Lauf performs at Gayville Hall Saturday

Bill Lauf performs at Gayville Hall Saturday Bill Lauf, an acclaimed singer-songwriter and tenor guitarist from Connecticut, returns to South Dakota on Saturday, June 28, for an 8 p.m. concert at Gayville Hall. John and Susan McNeill open.

Lauf's latest CD project, For the Snow, in progress, includes a song he debuted last July at Gayville Hall.

"The reaction I got when I played For the Snow in Gayville was a major reason for identifying my new project by the same name," he said. "I can't wait to return."

Lauf teamed up with Horace Williams as a folk duo in the early 1980s and made a name by conducting 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 duo released their first LP the next year and walked from Sherbrooke, Quebec, to New Haven, CT. Their third and final walk in 1982 was from Montreal to Manhattan while doing 86 concerts in 26 days over 430 miles.

Lauf released his first solo album in 1983 and has appeared on Susan Osborn releases. Osborn, the former South Dakota singer who toured with the Paul Winter Consort and became an international star, appeared at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls early last year with Lauf as her sole accompanist. He has also performed with Osborn in Boston, New York, and San Francisco.

Gayville Hall is located at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Tickets are $10 at the door or $12.50 for a reserved seat. Call 605-267-2859.

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