With colorful anecdotes and incisive memories, and the aid of vintage photos and music clips, Happy Traum relates some of his adventures as an active member of the New York folk revival; his arrest for civil disobedience; his participation in what has become known as the “Great Folk Singer’s Riot” in Washington Square; and his friendships with some of the leading folk artists of the day. Happy was a regular in the Washington Square Park jam sessions, studied blues guitar with Brownie McGhee, and met, among many others, a young Bob Dylan.
His group, the New World Singers, were the first to perform and record “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Don’t Think Twice,” and Dylan wrote the liner notes for their Atlantic Records album. Happy recounts his later friendship with Bob and the Dylan family in Woodstock, as well as his association with Allen Ginsberg, George Harrison, Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk and many other notables on the scene. Happy punctuates his remembrances with powerful renditions of songs and guitar solos from the “folk era” and beyond.
This talk is presented as part of Ashokan's Catskill Conversations series. Far from a typical "lecture series," these events feature fun, interactive talks from and activities led by experts!
“Outstanding presentation and terrific music. A must see!” - Russ Kennedy
“This is a tremendous presentation. Everyone who is the least bit interested in the folk revival movement should see it. Presented and prepared by a great musician and a walking breathing piece of music history!" - Jennifer Martin
“Do yourself a favor and attend. You will feel as if you’ve touched history with the help of someone who was actually there. Happy is AMAZING and incredibly knowledgeable." - Doug Blazer
Sun Oct. 142:00 pm - 5:00 pm
477 Beaverkill RoadOlivebridge NY,US 12461