Happy Traum and Friends

Happy Traum, guitar and vocals
Darol Anger, fiddle and mandolin
Emy Phelps, guitar and vocals
Zach Djanikian, multiple instruments and vocals
Geoff Muldaur, guitar and vocals
Abby Newton, cello

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8 pm


The program will be announced from the stage.

There will be an intermission.


Sunday, September 10, 4 pm      |     Final Concert of Maverick’s 102nd Season

Shanghai Quartet with Orion Weiss, piano
Music of Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, and Penderecki

The Yamaha DC7XE grand piano in the Maverick Concert Hall is
a generous loan from Yamaha Artists Services.



Happy Traum was smitten by American folk music as a teenager, and began playing guitar and five-string banjo. He was an active participant in the legendary Washington Square/Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1950s and 60s, and studied guitar with the famed blues master Brownie McGhee. Over the past six decades he has performed extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan, both as a soloist and as a member of various groups.

Happy’s first appearance in a recording studio was at a historic session in 1963 when a group of young folk musicians, including Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Peter LaFarge, and The Freedom Singers gathered in Folkways Records’ studio for an album called Broadsides. The New World Singers soon recorded an album for Atlantic Records and toured folk clubs throughout the US and Canada.

In 1965, Happy wrote his best-selling Fingerpicking Styles for Guitar, the first of more than a dozen instruction books which documented the playing of the great traditional guitarists. Happy also started writing for Sing Out! Magazine, and served as its editor from 1967 to 1970. He has also written articles and instructional columns for Rolling Stone, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Player, and other music publications.

In 1967, Happy, his wife Jane, and their three children moved to Woodstock, and Happy and his brother, Artie Traum, formed a duet that, according to Rolling Stone, “defined the Northeast folk music style.” Their performances at the 1968 and 1969 Newport Folk Festivals helped to gain them an avid following and a contract with famed manager Albert Grossman. In 1970 Happy and Artie recorded their first album for Capitol Records, Happy and Artie Traum, which The New York Times called “One of the best records in any field of pop music.” For four years they hosted a popular live radio show, Bring It On Home, which was broadcast monthly from the performance studio at WAMC in Albany. Happy and Artie produced the classic folk album Mud Acres: Music Among Friends, which became a best seller for Rounder Records.

In 1971 Happy once again joined Bob Dylan in the studio, playing guitar, banjo, bass, and singing harmony on three songs (“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” “Down In the Flood,” and “I Shall Be Released,”) which appeared on Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2.

Happy and Artie subsequently produced and played on three more albums featuring top folk and rock musicians under the collective title The Woodstock Mountains Revue. The core group, comprised of Bill Keith, Jim Rooney, John Herald, Roly Salley, Larry Campbell, Pat Alger, and Happy and Artie Traum, toured the Northeast, Europe, and Japan. Other members who appeared on the recordings included John Sebastian, Eric Andersen, Rory Block, Paul Butterfield, Maria Muldaur, and many others. The strong musical partnership of Happy and Artie lasted until Artie’s untimely death in 2008.

Happy and Jane founded Homespun Tapes in 1967. The company has a catalog of more than five hundred music lessons on DVDs, CDs, books, and downloads. Taught by top professional performing musicians, the lessons cover a wide variety of instruments and musical styles. His most recent CD, Just For the Love of It, features Happy performing American roots music with backup by John Sebastian, Larry Campbell, Byron Isaacs, David Amram, Abby Newton, and many others.

Fiddler, composer, producer and educator Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous groundbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others. He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Mark O’Connor, and Stephane Grappelli.

Today Darol can be heard on NPR’s Car Talk theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He was also the violinist on the Sim City computer games. In addition to performing all over the world, he has recorded and produced scores of important recordings since 1977, is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow, and has received numerous composers’ residencies and grants. He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks. He is an Associate Professor at the Berklee School of music. He recently began an online Fiddle School at ArtistWorks.com.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Emy Phelps does not remember a time when she has not sung. As a member of Brian Ransom’s Ceramic Ensemble from 1980 to 1987, she toured internationally while conducting research on indigenous music in Peru. Originally from Ashland, Oregon, Emy has performed all around the Pacific Northwest since the late 80s. Presently, Emy continues her work as a recording artist and core songwriter of The Furies, and performs in a duo with fiddler Darol Anger. Her newest recording, Look Up, Look Down, features her original songs with a stellar band including Darol Anger and members of the The Furies. Past venues include the Northwest String Summit, Wintergrass, Delfest, the Peter Britt Festival, New Music America Festival Philadelphia, North By Northwest, Moab Folk Festival, Oregon Country Fair, John Hartford Memorial Festival, and Northwest Folk Life Festival in Seattle. She has been compared to Lyle Lovett, Gillian Welch, and Emmylou Harris for her eclectic American Roots style of songwriting and vocal performance.

Zach Djanikian is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in the Hudson Valley. He was an original member of the rock band The Brakes formed in Philadelphia in 2002. The Brakes toured the US and shared the stage with artists such as Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Live, and Widespread Panic, and performed at many festivals. The band won the eighth annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop vote for best Live Performance Album with Tale of Two Cities. On Father’s Day 2006, Djanikian was chosen to sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch at the Philadelphia Phillies game. Zach was a featured artist on the 2014 album Fall in Philadelphia, part of David Uosikkinens’ project In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia. Zach also performed at the ninth annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration in Woodstock in May 2017.

Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues, and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA, and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960s and 70s, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Paul Butterfield’s Better Days group, as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, etc.). He left the stage and recording world in the mid-1980s for a working sabbatical, but continued to hone his craft, albeit flying beneath the radar. He composed scores for film and television, and produced offbeat albums for the likes of Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns and the Richard Greene String Quartet. Geoff’s definitive recording of the song “Brazil” provided the seed for—and was featured in—Terry Gilliam’s film of the same title.

With his magical voice and singular approach to American music intact, Geoff is once again touring the world. He performs in concert halls, performance spaces, clubs, and festivals throughout the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe. Geoff may be heard from time to time as a guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and has been featured on a variety of National Public Radio shows, including Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and The World with Lisa Mullins.

Geoff’s newest albums, The Secret Handshake, Password, Private Astronomy, and Texas Sheiks feature his unusually crafted interpretations of classic, oftentimes obscure, American material as well as his own unique compositions. All his albums have met with high critical acclaim. In addition to tours and recording, Geoff continues to apply his arranging skills to a variety of projects for albums and film. Although he is known as a musician’s musician, it is clearly his voice that most identifies him. About his singing, The New York Times noted that he “succeeds not because he copies the timbre and inflections of a down-home African American but because his voice—reedy, quavering, otherworldly—is so unusual that [the music] he sings becomes little more than a context, a jumping-off point.” And about a performance in London, The London Times wrote, “Immaculate guitar picking was matched by vocals that were rich, and bore out the guitarist, Richard Thompson’s praise for him: ‘There are only three white blues singers, and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.’”

Abby Newton is well known for her groundbreaking work in the revival of the cello in traditional American and Scottish music. Abby is classically trained, but she improvises cello parts for traditional music. She has toured extensively with the Putnam String County Band, and has performed at most of the major folk festivals throughout the US. When she was the music editor of Sing Out! Magazine, Abby became involved with La Nueva Canción, the New Song movement in South America, and she has performed with traditional South American ensembles at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Karl Marx Theater in Cuba. With her ensemble Ferintosh, Abby performs traditional Scottish music in chamber-music settings, and she conducts numerous workshops at Crossing to Scotland, her cello retreat in the Catskills. Abby has produced and performed on over one hundred recordings, including seventeen albums with Scottish singer Jean Redpath. Abby’s solo CDs Crossing to Scotland and Castles, Kirks, and Caves have earned her critical acclaim both in the US and abroad. Abby has made several appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, and was featured on Fiona Ritchie’s The Thistle & Shamrock.