Photograph by Thomas D. Lindsay
As part of the New York Folk Music Legacy Series, singer, guitarist and folk music icon Happy Traum is presenting a captivating multi-media presentation, “Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and the Woodstock Scene 1954-1971,” at a number of Greater Nippertown locations this week.
The free presentations will utilize colorful anecdotes and incisive memories, vintage photos and music clips interspersed with live performances, as Traum relates some of his adventures as an active member of the New York folk revival; 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.
Traum was a regular in the Washington Square Park jam sessions, studied blues guitar with Brownie McGhee, and his group, the New World Singers, were the first to perform and record “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Don’t Think Twice.” Traum will discuss his friendship with Bob Dylan in Woodstock (where Traum still lives), as well as his association with Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk and many other notables on the scene.
Here’s the schedule of Happy Traum’s free performances around town this week: