ALTER SAYBROOK – Are you interested in nostalgia? Do you like to remember unforgettable musical moments from the past and relive their splendor? If your answers are yes, then I have a treat for you.
Sixty years ago, this group was described as “the most envied, most imitated, and most successful vocal group, folk or otherwise, in all of show business.” They have also been referred to as “the undisputed kings of popular song rage by all standards” and triggered the pop-folk boom with their hit recording of “Tom Dooley”.
This song became a # 1 hit and sold over 3 million copies as a single.
This dynamic group released 19 albums that made it into the Billboard Top 100, 14 in the Top 10, and five that landed at # 1 at Kate in Old Saybrook in two concerts, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Over the years a number of performing individuals and groups have attributed the transformation of the music world to the Kingston Trio, including Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Beach Boys and The Bee Gees , to name just a few.
Whether it’s protest songs, calypso numbers or Broadway tunes, the Kingston Trio is sure to be entertained in royal style.
The original members in 1957 were Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds, three classmates in California.
The current members, Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangston and Don Marovich, have ties to the original three. Mike is the adopted son of founding member Nick Reynolds and credits Nick as his musical mentor. Tim has been a close friend since childhood and recorded with Nick Reynolds. Don has performed with the trio and plays guitar, banjo and mandolin.
In their signature striped shirts you can hear classics like “Tom Dooley”, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” “Greenback Dollar”, “A Worried Man”, “Raspberries Strawberries”, “Hard, Ain’t It Hard”, “They Call the Wind Maria”, “This Land Is Your Land”, “This Little Light of Mine” and “Desert pete.”
For tickets ($ 65) call The Kate, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook at 860-510-0453 or go online at katharinehepburntheater.secure.force.com.
Gather your memories like flowers and create a musical bouquet thanks to The Kingston Trio at The Kate.