Folk Artist Traum Dies

Artie Traum, a veteran songwriter and guitarist who came out of the famous Greenwich Village folk music scene, has died. He was 65.

Traum died Sunday at his home in Woodstock from cancer that had spread to his liver, said manager Jeff Heiman.

Traum was born and raised in the Bronx and played around the seminal Greenwich Village scene of the 1960s along with his brother, Happy Traum. The brothers played together on and off for decades.

Traum also recorded a series of solo albums and produced or recorded with some of the biggest names in folk, rock and jazz, including Bela Fleck and Pete Seeger, according to his Web site. Traum began recording jazz albums in the 1990s.

Traum recorded dozens of albums in his long career and played shows around the world. He performed publicly until May, when melanoma in his eye spread, Happy Traum said.

The Traum brothers were managed by Bob Dylan’s late manager Albert Grossman. Like Dylan and Grossman, the Traums moved to this Hudson Valley arts colony. The brothers stayed and became stalwarts of the Woodstock music scene.