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Upcoming Shows

April 25 - April 28, 2019



MerleFest, Wilkesboro, NC


As many music fans know, MerleFest, in Wilkesboro, NC, is the premier festival in the nation for Americana/roots musical styles, with numerous stages and a huge variety of top-tier performers. You can hear the absolutely best performers in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. I will, once again, be hosting the Homespun Learning Stage at The Mayes Pit, and playing throughout the weekend. Stop by and say hello.

May 3, 2019

Pete Seeger Birthday Tribute Concert


The Linda, Albany, NY

It’s hard to overstate the impact Pete Seeger has had on my life and musical career, starting from the first time I heard him in concert as a teenager in 1954. Through the years, I went from avid fan to friend, colleague and, at Pete’s request, publisher of Pete’s classic book, “How to Play the Five String Banjo.” We played together in concert on numerous occasions through the years, and many songs in my setlist were derived from Pete’s huge repertoire.

To commemorate his 100th birthday, I will sing and play an evening’s worth of songs I learned from Pete: traditional folk ballads, songs of love and protest, and some of Pete’s iconic compositions. As Pete would have wanted, many of the songs will include rousing sing-alongs with the audience. I will be playing 5-string banjo and six- and twelve-string guitars. The evening will be informal, folksy and rich in memories.


May 5, 2019, 7PM

Turn! Turn! Turn! A Celebration of Pete Seeger's 100th Birthday


Bardavon, Poughkeepsie

Featuring the Vanaver Caravan & special guests Happy Traum, Tom Chapin, Maria Muldaur and more TBA. Includes more than 20 of Pete’s beloved songs, from children’s tunes to activist anthems, including We Shall Overcome, Big Muddy, Wimoweh, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and of course, Turn Turn Turn. The show features a variety of dance styles, from clogging to swing and Zulu gumboot dancing, and uses historical photos and recordings to take viewers on a journey through American history. Audiences leave the theater humming Pete’s timeless songs, moved by his enduring message, and inspired to make our world a better place.

July 6, 2019 at 8PM

Tribute to Pete Seeger on the Centennial of His Birth


Maverick Concerts

A special concert at Maverick Concert Hall featuring Happy Traum, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Elizabeth Mitchell, Tony Trischka and others TBA.

July 21, 2019

Caffe Lena with Mary Flower


The wonderful fingerstyle blues and ragtime artist, Mary Flower, and I will be sharing the evening at the recently renovated Caffe Lena, a legendary folk club in Saratoga Springs, NY. I first played there in its opening year, 1961, and have been back many times.

July - 12, 2019

Richard Thompson's And Nancy Covey's Acoustic Guitar and Songwriting Camp

Workshop / Class

Full Moon Resort, Big Indian, NY

Richard Thompson's and Nancy Covey's excellent guitar and songwriting camp deep in the magnificent Catskill Mountains of NY State. Staff of instructors will include Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, Martin Simpson, Teddy Thompson, Jack Thompson, Sloane Wainwright, Zak Hobbs, Henry Kaiser and more. Happy will be teaching fingerpicking arrangements for Bob Dylan songs, among other topics.  

July 22 - 26, 2019

Ashokan Acoustic Guitar Camp

Workshop / Class

Ashokan Center, Shokan, NY

This low-key, welcoming and beautiful guitar camp is deep in the woods in the heart of the Catskills, and home to Jay Ungar's glorious tune "Ashokan Farewell." The facilities are rustic but super comfortable and the excellent staff of instuctors will include Mary Flower, Mike Dowling, Peter Davis, Jefferson Hamer, Larry Baione and others.

August 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Folk Project: Minstrel Coffee House


Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ

I'm looking forward to returning to this great venue in Morristown.

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