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Upcoming Shows

Upcoming Shows

February 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM

San Diego Folk Heritage


Templar’s Hall 14134 Midland RD, Poway, CA 92064

I'm thrilled to be coming back to play for my friends at SDFH once again. I've got some "new" old songs as well as "old" old songs, so it should be a lot of fun. This has become an annual event and I'll delighted to be seeing old and new friends. I hope to see you there!

February 9, 2018 8PM

Sahuarita, Arizona

Coming of Age Show

Javarita Coffeehouse / The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Sahuarita, AZ 85629

“From the first notes of Happy’s folk and blues set that showcased his much admired finger-picking to his insider stories of the Greenwich Village music scene in the 50’s and ‘60s to the question and answer session that followed, audiences in all venues were captivated from start to finish. Now many weeks after the events took place, audiences stop to comment on how much they enjoyed – and learned from the program.” - Peter Lesser, Director, The Empire State Performing Arts Center (“The Egg”), Albany, NY.

February 16, 2018

Coffee Gallery Backstage, with Adam Traum


Coffee Gallery Backstage, Altadena, CA

My son, Adam, and I will make a rare appearance together in the LA area at this venerable music venue. Adam is an excellent guitar picker, singer and songwriter and it's always a pleasure to team up with him. Come and see this father-and-son show with good, old-fashioned family harmony.

February 17, 2018 *PM

Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, CA


Lobero Theater

With Adam Traum

Details TBA

February 25, 2018 8PM

Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma, CA


Hopmonk Tavern

Adam and I will be doing a special show at this local favorite. It will be a fun night!

March 25, 2018 1:30PM

Borderline Folk Music Club, Nanuet, NY

Coming of Age Show

Nanuet Public Library

I will be playing  a set of songs, then doing my "Coming of Age in the Folk Revival" slide show and talk. This has been a highly successful presentation around the country and abroad, so I
hope many folks around Westchester and Rockland come to see it.

May 11 - 14

Fur Peace Ranch, May 2018

Workshop / Class

Fur Peace Ranch, Pomeroy, Ohio

"Just For The Love of It"

In this wide-ranging, intermediate-level class, aspiring fingerpickers will learn arrangements to the blues, ballads, folk and country songs that are the backbone of Happy’s uniquely eclectic style. He will include a fingerpicking version of Norman Blake's “Church Street Blues;” Big Bill Broonzy’s “In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down;” the classic cowboy ballad, “Spanish is the Loving Tongue;” Brownie McGhee’s “Careless Love Blues;” Bob Dylan’s “Down in the Flood,” and Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got no Home,” among others. The class will branch out in any other song directions the students want to pursue. Participants will learn to incorporate bass lines, steady-rhythm thumb, improvisations for soloing, harmony lines and other devices to make a song truly “sing.” Happy’s 2015 CD, "Just For the Love of It,” received a four-star review in Rolling Stone and was #1 on the Folk Charts. Many of the songs he will teach were featured on this recording, and those who sign up will receive a copy of the CD in advance of the class.

June 21, 2018 8PM

Turning Point Music Cafe - with Jim Kweskin


Turning Point Cafe, Piermont, NY

Jim and I will be teaming up for a series of gigs in the Hudson Valley and beyond. I'm greatly looking forward to returning to this legendary music spot on the Hudson.

June 23 and 24, 2018

Old Songs Festival - with Jim Kweskin


Old Songs Festival, Vooheesville, NY

The great Jim Kweskin and I will be teaming up for a few shows in June, anchored by this venerable festival in Voorheesville, NY. Stay tuned for more information on this appearance.

June 24, 2018

Colony, Woodstock, NY with Jim Kweskin


Colony Woodstock

Old friends Happy and Jim Kweskin will team up in one of the town's most prestigious venues for an evening of folk songs, jug band tunes, old standards and lotys of guitar fingerpicking. The duo comes straight from the Old Songs Festival in Vooheesville, NY and will be holding forth for the local fans and friends. You never know who might stop by and sit in - maybe some old Jug Band associates?

July 9 - 13, 2018

Richard Thompson's Frets and Refrains Guitar and Songwriting Camp

Workshop / Class

Full Moon Resort, Big Indian, NY

Richard Thompson's excellent guitar and songwriting camp deep in the magnificent Catskill Mountains of NY State. Staff of instructors will include Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Tony McManus, Teddy Thompson, Jack Thompson, Sloane Wainwright, Zak Hobbs, Cindy Cashdollar and more. Happy will be teaching fingerpicking arrangements for Bob Dylan songs, among other topics.  

July 23 - 27, 1018

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, Beppe Gambetta, Peter Davis, Jefferson Hamer, Larry Baione and others.

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