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2021 Susquehanna Folk Festival Guitar Summit

Sunday, August 22, 2021 Live on Zoom at 7:30 pm Eastern
with Chris Eldridge, John Doyle and Happy Traum

About This Event:

Three tremendous guitar ambassadors come together in conversation and performance, to explore one of the defining instruments of modern folk music. A guitar can adapt to any genre and create whatever a good player can imagine: solo melody, a lyrical duet voice, a solid rhythmic beat, even percussion.

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an all-star cast of guitarists

Left to right: John Doyle (by Keith Wright), Happy Traum (by Jim Rice), and Chris Eldridge

Three tremendous guitar ambassadors come together in conversation and performance, to explore one of the defining instruments of modern folk music. A guitar can adapt to any genre and create whatever a good player can imagine: solo melody, a lyrical duet voice, a solid rhythmic beat, even percussion.

In this intimate virtual seminar, we'll meet hot bluegrass star Chris Eldridge (The Infamous Stringdusters, The Punch Brothers), brilliant Celtic guitarist John Doyle (Solas, The Teetotalers, duos and solo) and the legendary fingerstyle/blues artist Happy Traum (with brother Artie Traum, and solo) who will also serve as moderator.

ABOUT CHRIS ELDRIDGE

Chris Eldridge has been at the vanguard of acoustic music for over a decade. As a young man in 2005, Chris founded the critically acclaimed bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters. Mandolinist Chris Thile recruited him around the same time, along with several other musicians, for a project which became the very popular roots band Punch Brothers. Eldridge was the house guitarist on the public radio show, “Live From Here,” from 2016-2020, and currently plays in a duo with guitarist Julian Lage. His work has earned him two Grammy awards, a Grammy nomination, and awards from the IMBA and the Americana Music Association.

ABOUT JOHN DOYLE

John Doyle is one of the most versatile, creative and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music. He's impossibly in demand in the studio and on the road, immensely talented and blessed with an acute ear, a wicked sense of rhythm and seemingly endless stream of magic in his playing, composing, performing and producing. He's been at the center of a community of terrific performers since his teens: touring with Chanting House and Solas; playing duos with Liz Carroll and Karan Casey; and accompanying the likes of Joan Baez, Eileen Ivers, Tim O’Brien, Linda Thompson, Seamus Egan, Alison Brown and Kate Rusby. He's a powerhouse talent and also a wonderfully personable guy.

ABOUT HAPPY TRAUM

Happy Traum is a much-loved and admired folk singer, writer, teacher, recording artist and first-rate fingerstyle guitarist. Captivated by American folk music as a teenager, he was an active part of the legendary Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1950s and ‘60s, and studied guitar with the famed blues master, Brownie McGhee. His duo partnership with his brother Artie "defined the Northeast folk music style" (Rolling Stone) lasted until Artie's untimely death in July, 2008. Over the past five decades he has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan. He's also the founder and producer of Homespun Tapes (with his wife Jane) which has an astounding catalog of music lessons sold worldwide on DVDs, CD, books and downloads.

Chris Eldridge
John Doyle
Happy Traum

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Live on Zoom at 7:30 pm US Eastern Time

  • $20 suggested donation
  • $25 supporter donation
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This event is part of the Endless Summer 2021 Susquehanna Folk Festival, coming to YOU this year with events all summer long.

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