WOODSTOCK'S OWN FOLK MUSIC LEGEND
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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!
“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.
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.
With Adam Traum
Adam and I will be doing a special show at this local favorite. It will be a fun night!
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.
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 Mayse Pit, and playing throughout the weekend. Stop by and say hello.
"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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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