‘Hay Country Jamboree’ to be held in Gayville Saturday, Nov. 17

'Hay Country Jamboree' to be held in Gayville Saturday, Nov. 17
The town of Gayville is the self-proclaimed "Hay Capital of the World." It is also the home of Gayville Hall, the little alcohol- and smoke-free music venue established in 2001 by Doug and Judi Sharples of Wakonda.

Gayville Hall presents its new country music show, "The Hay Country Jamboree," starring Gayville Hall musical hosts John and Susan McNeill, bluegrass banjo wizard Daniel Kilbride, and the Minneapolis duo, Roma di Luna, on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m.

The McNeills, of Springfield, have starred in Gayville Hall country music shows since 2001, including the venue's original "Dakota Opry" shows and Gayville Hall tributes to Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and others. Although John is a fine songwriter himself, the McNeills love performing traditional country classics in this show.

Kilbride is a rural Wakonda native from Sioux Falls who started playing banjo in the late '70s. He lived many years in the south, where he studied under state banjo champions from Arkansas and Tennessee and was a member of the Oklahoma bluegrass band the Meehan Valley Boys. He will be joined by James Kjelstrup on guitar for the second time at the Jamboree and promises some blazing bluegrass.

Roma di Luna is an acoustic duo composed of husband and wife Alexei and Channy Casselle on violin, guitar and vocals. The young couple have recorded several CDs of original modern music, but has been inspired by traditional country and roots music, including gospel, Woody Guthrie, and the Carter Family, which they will perform at this show. Channy played fiddle in several bluegrass groups while studying classical violin at USD.

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

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