Recordings To Be Preserved By The Library of Congress

Every year the Librarian of Congress selects sound recordings to include in the National Recording Registry. This year's (2009) batch includes "Tom Dooley," by The Kingston Trio. We are thrilled!!

Other greats include Etta James' "At Last!", The Who's "My Generation" and Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner doing their 2000 year old man routine.

Bay Area Concert Tour T-Shirts & European Markets DVD

Barbara Cray is selling her Bay Area concert tour t-shirts, posters and her European Markets DVD on her site: 4mywanderlustproductions

You might want to check these out, as they are very cool. We all love the t-shirts, even George Grove - who is not given to wearing t-shirts - loves his. George also gives a review of Barbara's European Markets DVD:

"Wow........Cindy and I just watched the whole thing all the way through: VERY well done, and it utilizes our music very well. The musical editing was careful and fit nicely with the video. I'm very impressed with what Barbara did with this presentation and I'm proud to be a part of it. It's a quality production, in my opinion."

Here's the "companion" CD!

Kingston Trio Glad Tidings CD

Barbara, who also is a KT Fantasy Camp camper, hired the Kingston Trio to record the soundtrack for "European Christmas Markets."

The result is this fabulous collection of classic and old time Christmas carols with folk arrangements. Some the Trio has recorded before and a lot they haven't. We just had to release it! Buy at  The Kingston Trio Store


Angels We Have Heard On High
Fum, Fum, Fum
Masters In This Hall
Mary's Boy Child (Because of Christmas Day)
Somerset Gloucestershire Wassail
A Round About Christmas
Here We Come A'Caroling
Carol of the Bells (on banjo)
The White Snows of Winter
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
All Through the Night
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Deck the Halls
The Friendly Beasts
Silent Night
Good King Wencelas

Also At The Kingston Trio Store...

Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp Concert Poster

Concert Poster. Very Nice!

For more info or to check out related Items, Visit  The Kingston Trio Store

The crown jewel in Martin Guitar's collection: serial # 1,000,000!!!

Bobby and George were among the first to play it! This precious
  gem-inlayed guitar is going on permanent display-it is not for sale

Bob Shane Signature Guitar by Martin

Martin guitar has made a Bob Shane commemorative guitar! It's a D-28, and Bob says it sounds fantastic and is really gorgeous. Bob also says that this is one of the highest honors he has ever received, and he is very proud of it. Check it out at Martin Guitar It also comes with the option of double pick guards installed.

We thought you might be interested in this article in the The Nation. In this piece, the Kingston Trio is given credit for helping launch the folk music revival in the late 1950s (bringing recognition to Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie and paving the way for newcomers like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Phil Ochs), but also notes their reluctance to challenge the Red Scare era's fearful political climate.

Nick Reynolds talks about the Trio's rendition of "M.T.A." The article discusses why the Trio decided to change one word in the song (changing Walter O'Brien to "George" ) to avoid being labeled as controversial. The article also includes a link to a video of the Trio performing the song. Kingston Trio And The Red Scare

~If you ever wanted to know the full history of the song Charlie And The MTA, this is a very interesting read. It's a very detailed account of Walter A. O'Brien, the political climate in Boston during his campaign, the writers of the song and the red scare that started in Boston. Well worth it for you history buffs. The Forgotten Story Of Charlie And The MTA

Erwin Drake Turns 90 : When He Was 46, It Was A Very Good Year

Read All About It: Tom Dooley's Pardon Denied

Bob Shane's Interview with Original American Country Magazine.

            The Fretted Instrument Guild of America Talks About The Kingston Trio.

The Kingston Trio in Hawaii

Photo courtesy of Jesse K. Shain

In June 2002 The Trio visited Hawaii to play a series of shows at the Punahou School, where Bob Shane & Dave Guard met as students. The shows, which included a presentation of traditional lei's to the group, and the receptions that followed were a great success. This was a special event for The Trio, playing for Bob's classmates and bringing the music back to where it all started.

This Land is Your Land. PBS stations nationwide broadcasted this outstanding special in December 2002. A celebration of the 50's & 60's folk rock music hosted by Tom and Dick Smothers and Judy Collins, this special featured legendary folk artists of the era, including The Kingston Trio, The Limelighters, Glenn Yarborough, Roger McGuinn, and many others. The DVD can be purchased at The Kingston Trio Store.

The WMFA sponsored Tribute to The Kingston Trio, April 19th & 20th, 2002 at The Birchmere, Alexrandia, VA, was a huge success! The shows featured performances by The Kingston Trio and their guests, The Limelighters, The Brothers Four and The Shaw Brothers, as well as former Trio members John Stewart and Bill Zorn. Comedian Ronnie Schell MC'd. Please take a moment to look at photos  of the show. The DVD, VHS or CD can be purchased at The Kingston Trio Store.

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