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Friedlander & Hall coming to Barton Arts Center on Friday
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Folk musicians Jeff Friedlander and Ed Hall will perform at the Barton County Arts Center, Forest and Main, Great Bend at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.

Admission is $10; no reservation is needed. For more information contact the Arts Center; phone 620-792-4221, weekday afternoons, or e-mail

The musicians played professionally as acoustic guitar due Friedlander & Hall from 1973-2003, until Friedlander, a long time Evanston, Ill., resident, moved to Denver, Colo.

"We’re real glad to be playing together again and we hope the interest is still there," said Hall, who has lived in Harvard, Ill., for the past 21 years. "We did a lot of good work and played everywhere. I am sure we played every park district in Lake County during the heyday."

Over the years, Friedlander & Hall released five albums including "Utah Moon," "Chicago Style," "Strings Attached," "The Treble Clef Album" and their latest, "Factory Town."

"As Friedlander & Hall, we do a lot of ballads and we do originals and we like old time swing music. Jeff writes songs that he can sing and I write songs that I can play," Hall said.

As an instrumental soloist, Hall won the prestigious National Finger Style Guitar Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield in 1991. He was the third place finisher in the 1988 competition.

His finger picking skills can be heard on "Guitarolio," a 2007 CD release which includes original compositions and his own interpretations of such classics as Rossini’s "William Tell Overture," Aaron Copeland’s "Hoedown From ‘Rodeo’" and Henry Mancini’s "Peter Gunn" theme.

Friedlander has also placed in the top five a couple of times in the National Fingerpicking contest, and has won other guitar contests.

For the upcoming concert, the duo will play a mix of old and new tunes.

"We are very eclectic," said Hall, who also plays banjo. "We cover lots of ground. We will do ragtime. We will do swing. We will do acoustic folk ballads and even some blues."

Financial support is provided by the city of Great Bend and CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Great Bend.