SuperFolk is an impromptu band featuring five musical friends spanning generations and genres. Join first-rate folk singer and fingerstyle guitarist Happy Traum, legendary rock bassist and renowned songwriter Freebo, rising star and 2023 International Music Awards Best Female Artist Alice Howe, five-time Grammy recipient dobro, lap steel and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, and world-class drummer, producer, and composer Jerry Marotta for a very special night of music at the Towne Crier.
Folk singer, writer, teacher, recording artist and first-rate fingerstyle guitarist Happy Traum began playing guitar and 5-string banjo as a teenager, and was an important participant in the legendary Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1950s and ‘60s. He and his family moved to Woodstock in 1967. Happy has played in concerts, clubs and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan, both solo and with his late brother, Artie Traum, with whom he performed for more than 40 years.
Freebo is best known for his decade of touring and recording with Bonnie Raitt, and has distinguished himself as one of the great bassists of our time, playing on records with CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, and Neil Young as well as appearing on Saturday Night Live, The Midnight Special, The Muppet Show, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap. Freebo has delved more deeply into his creativity and has become a highly regarded singer/songwriter, now working on his 6th full-length solo CD.
To hear Alice Howe sing is to be enraptured by the natural, unaffected beauty of her voice. There’s no artifice, no histrionics — just honest, authentic, emotionally resonant singing in the tradition of the roots music that shaped her. On Circumstance, her second and latest album, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter guitarist displays her vocal prowess and introspective writing in abundance, mining both her heart and her musical tastes for a deep, personal journey across an Americana soundscape dotted with blues, folk, country, soul and rock.
Dobro, lap steel and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, five-time Grammy recipient, has a beautiful new self-produced release, “Waltz for Abilene,” on her own Silver Shot Records label. She’s gathered together an all-star line up of musical guests on a collection of 13 stellar instrumentals and vocals, inviting friends to play and sing on selected tracks, an approach that held up from her first release, “Slide Show.” From Americana and the blues to bayou and swing, the sublime beauty of Waltz for Abilene embodies the spirit of an artist whose musical touch transcends any genre.
One of the most sought-after drummers in the world, Jerry Marotta auditioned for a Woodstock based group called Orleans in 1975 and got the job. Soon afterwards he found himself in L.A. recording the Waking and Dreaming record, played on his first hit “Still The One” and on the road, with Orleans, supporting Jackson Browne. Orleans founding member, John Hall, left the band in the summer of 1977. As the band took time to decide what their next move would be, Jerry flew to London and started working with ex-Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel. For the next two decades Jerry divided his time between recording and touring with Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Tears for Fears, Joan Armatrading, Paul McCartney, Sarah McLachlan, John Mayer and countless others.
Tickets $25 advance, $30 door