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Happy Traum performs June 18 at the Kleinert/James

Event Date and Time: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 8:00 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $20 or $18 for Byrdcliffe members tickets available for purchase online or by calling 845.679.2079

Everyone in Woodstock knows Happy Traum, and Happy Traum knows everyone--including every notable musician who has worked in Woodstock and the greater Hudson Valley. Traum has been in recording sessions with Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Phil Ochs. Add the likes of George Harrison and Allen Ginsberg to his cohort, plus experiences jamming and protesting in the Greenwich Village music scene of the 1950s and 60s, and you have a man with the inside story on the culture of folk music in the big city, and folk music in upstate New York.

Happy Traum performs folk music as adeptly and energetically as he recounts its story; he has been singing and playing guitar and banjo since he was a teenager, and making records for over 50 years. Having studied blues guitar with the renowned Brownie McGhee, Traum has traveled the world and the airwaves as a performer and session musician, while his scholarly knowledge of folk and contemporary music has brought him recognition as a writer, editor, and teacher. On June 18, 2016 at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Traum will give the audience a combination of song and narrative, aided by vintage photos and music clips related to his participation in the New York folk revival, including the legendary 1961 "Folk Riot" in which musicians protested for the right to perform in Washington Square Park. Traum's eloquent memories of the history he helped to make will be part of the performance; the audience will also enjoy the music for which Happy Traum is beloved.

Traum has a long-standing relationship with the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, annually bringing together musicians including Larry Campbell, Cindy Cashdollar, Amy Helm, and John Sebastian to create Byrdcliffe's annual Winter Solstice Concert, a packed-house event that lures over 300 people to come out in the December chill to support Byrdcliffe. His "Coming of Age" at the Kleinert/James will be a very different experience, with tales of activism, civil disobedience, and friendship punctuating the evening.

Performance at 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20, $18 for Byrdcliffe members.


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