An Evening With Happy Traum
Part of the Storm King School Acoustic Music Series, acclaimed folk and blues musician Happy Traum brings his seasoned performance to this intimate 240 seat theater on the Storm King School campus.
Happy Traum was smitten by American folk music as a teenager and began playing guitar and 5-string banjo. He was an active participant of the legendary Washington Square/Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1950s and '60s, and studied guitar with the famed blues master, Brownie McGhee. Over the past five decades he has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan, both as a soloist and as a member of various groups. His avid interest in traditional and contemporary music has brought him recognition as a performer, writer, editor, session musician, folklorist, teacher and recording artist.
Happy's first appearance in a recording studio was at a historic session in 1963 when a group of young folk musicians, including Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Peter LaFarge and The Freedom Singers gathered in Folkways Records' studio for an album called Broadsides. Happy with his group, the New World Singers, cut the first recorded version of "Blowin' In The Wind," and Happy sang a duet with Dylan on his anti-war song "Let Me Die in My Footsteps." (These tracks were re-released in August, 2000 by Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings as part of a boxed set, "The Best of Broadsides 1962 - 1988: Anthems from the American Underground").
The New World Singers (Happy, Bob Cohen and Gil Turner) soon recorded an album for Atlantic Records, with liner notes by Bob Dylan, and released a single of the first recorded version of "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." The group toured folk clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada, including several stints at Gerde's Folk City and the Bitter End in the Village, the Riverboat in Toronto and the Gate of Horn in Chicago.
In 1971 Happy once again joined Bob Dylan in the studio, playing guitar, banjo, bass, and singing harmony on three songs ("You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," "Down In the Flood," and "I Shall Be Released,") which appeared on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2.
Later that year, Dylan invited Happy to participate in a famous session with poet Allen Ginsberg, which resulted in the box set, Holy Soul Jelly Roll. The legendary John Hammond produced the session, which also included Dylan, David Amram, Jon Scholl, Ed Sanders, Gregory Corso and several other well-know musicians and beat poets. This resulted in a long friendship and musical association between Happy and Allen Ginsberg.
Happy continues to delight audiences with his seasoned performances. Storm King School is honored to welcome Happy Traum to its stage for one night only.
Only 100 tickets will be sold to the public because the performance will be attended by students and faculty of Storm King School, a college preparatory boarding school in the Hudson River Valley.
314 Mountain Road, Cornwall on Hudson, NY 12520
Walter Reade Jr. Theater at Storm King School (View)
314 Mountain Road
Cornwall on Hudson, NY 12520
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