The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian and session ace and former Guitar Player columnist Happy Traum will be joined by fingerstyle guitarists Kinloch Nelson, Craig D'Andrea, and Maycn Taylor performing in a guitars-in-the-round setting at New York's Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, October 23, at 8pm.
All five musicians are being featured the following weekend in the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase — a festival of handmade acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments featuring some of the world's finest guitars and guitar builders.
Sebastian enjoyed a string of Top 10 hits with the Lovin' Spoonful, and penned and recorded the theme song to the hit TV show, Welcome Back, Kotter. Happy Traum recorded several genre-defining folk albums with his brother Artie, and has authored numerous guitar instruction books and articles — including the series Homespun Instructional Books and Tapes. Traum also accompanied Bob Dylan on several previously unreleased tracks that appeared on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. II.
Joining Traum and Sebastian in a Guiars-In-The-Round setting are fingerstyle guitarists Kinloch Nelson, Craig D'Andrea and Maycn Taylor.
Nelson's 45-year career has run the gamut from guitar recitals to club and festival dates with country, rockabilly, and jazz, bands. Nelson is a regular participant in the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase and is host of Guitars-In-The-Round.
Craig D'Andrea won the 2007 Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, and his YouTube views number in the millions.
Macyn Taylor is just 20 years old, with YouTube views fast approaching one million. She is the 2013 Wilson Center International Guitar Competition champion, recently received the "Most Promising New Talent" award by Acoustic Guitar magazine, and was named the 2013 WAMI Folk/Celtic performer of the year.