Welcome to Happy Traum's Homespun Blog!

Happy Traum's skillful musicianship and avid interest in traditional and contemporary music has brought him worldwide recognition. He has performed extensively throughout the U.S. Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan, and has appeared on recordings as a featured artist and as a member of various ensembles. He has recorded and/or performed with many top artists, including Bob Dylan, Chris Smither, Maria Muldaur, Eric Andersen, Rory Block, Jerry Jeff Walker, Allen Ginsberg, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and numerous others.

Bluegrass in Woodstock

There's a tiny club right on Mill Hill Road, the main drag going through the village of Woodstock, called the Harmony Cafe. (It's attached to a Chinese restaurant called Wok 'n' Roll!) Like clockwork, every Thursday night a local group called the Bluegrass Clubhouse takes over the joint - and pretty good bluegrass it is, too! Consider that their banjo player is none other than Bill Keith, one of the finest players in the world. It was Bill who invented the "melodic" three-finger technique, often called "Keith Style," which influenced most of the younger wizards (including Béla Fleck and Tony Trischka) playing today. During Bill's long musical career he has recorded and toured with Bill Monroe, Jim Rooney, the Kweskin Jug Band, the Woodstock Mountains Revue and innumerable others. He also invented the Keith Tuner, widely considered the Cadillac of banjo tuning pegs.


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