Mike Craver stars at Gayville Hall Nov. 29

Mike Craver stars at Gayville Hall Nov. 29 Mike Craver is a piano player, singer and songwriter who recorded and toured with the Red Clay Ramblers for 13 years and whose widely performed stage musicals have won awards in New York and Los Angeles. He has been compared to Cole Porter, David Frishberg, and Noel Coward.

For the second year in a row, Craver will spend Thanksgiving in South Dakota and will perform in concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, at Gayville Hall in Gayville. John and Susan McNeill will open the show.

A North Carolina native who lived many years in Chapel Hill, Craver first gained national attention during his years with the Red Clay Ramblers. With that group, he first appeared on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, he and the group performed off-Broadway in Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind.

He later appeared in Smoke on the Mountain off-Broadway and wrote the music for and performed in the off-Broadway musicals The Oil City Symphony and Radio Gals, earning kudos for his eclectic blend of American and British folk, Tin Pan Alley, and popular American song.

Craver's musicals have also been produced at top "regional" theatres like the Pasadena Playhouse, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Milwaukee Repertory Company.

In addition to nine Red Clay Rambler albums and two original cast recordings, Craver has made three solo CDs. His latest, Shining Down, made many 2002 "best of" lists.

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.

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