Happy Traum (JT Moring opens)

Feb 1 2020 - 7:30 PM

Happy Traum (JT Moring opens)


We’ve hosted Happy several times now, as a solo performer, on a dual bill with Jim Kweskin, and presenting his multimedia memoir of the Greenwich Village folk days. We missed him last year but are luck (and happy!) to see him again.

Happy Traum, born in 1938 in The Bronx, is an American folk musician who started playing music in the 1950s and became a stalwart of the Greenwich Village music scene of the 1960s and the Woodstock music scene of the 1970s and 1980s. For several years, he studied blues guitar with Brownie McGhee, who was a big influence on his guitar style. Happy is most famously known as one half of Happy and Artie Traum, a duo he began with his brother. They released several albums, including Happy and Artie Traum (1969, Capitol), Double Back (1971, Capitol), and Hard Times In The Country (1975, Rounder). He has continued as a solo artist and as founder of Homespun Music Instruction.

Happy can be heard on Bob Dylan’s “Greatest Hits, Vol. 2” as well as albums with John Sebastian, Chris Smither, Jerry Jeff Walker, Tom Pacheco, Priscilla Herdman, Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Eric Andersen, Rory Block, Maria Muldaur, Peter Tosh, Rick Danko, Levon Helm and many others. Here samples, or buy, his excellent latest album Just for the Love of It here. And here’s a Troubadour article on Happy and Jim Kweskin (also coming back in 2020!).


JT Moring entertains with original songs and stories, sometimes rolled into one and accompanied by his guitar or banjo. You may have seen him helping out at our concerts or as Master of Ceremonies at our festivals, but we haven’t heard him sing on our stage for a couple years.