Lauf plays Gayville Hall

Lauf plays Gayville Hall
Bill Lauf, an acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter from Connecticut, returns to South Dakota on Saturday, Oct. 8, for an 8 p.m. concert at Gayville Hall. John and Susan McNeill will also perform.

Lauf is a master of the rarely seen four-string tenor guitar. He first made a name for himself in the early 1980s when he teamed with Horace Williams as a folk duo and conducted musical walking tours of New England and Quebec.

The troubadours walked the length of Vermont from Canada to Massachusetts, playing at grange halls, churches and schools.

The performers released their first LP in 1981 and walked from Sherbrooke, Quebec, to New Haven, CT. Their third and final walk, in 1982, was from Montreal to Manhattan while they performed 86 concerts in 26 days over 430 miles.

Lauf first performed in South Dakota three and a half years ago at the Washington Pavilion as the accompanist of his good friend Susan Osborn, the former South Dakota singer who became an international star with the Paul Winter Consort. He has also performed with Osborn in major cities coast to coast and frequently plays on her CDs.

Lauf released his first solo album, Songs from the Heart, in 1983. His latest CD is Gray Diner at 5 A.M.

The concert will be the artist's fourth appearance at Gayville Hall, 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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