The Kingston Trio
Fans of legendary folk icons THE KINGSTON TRIO can re-discover their timeless music all over again. In celebration of 60-plus years of music, the iconic folk group performs their best-loved songs as part of the "KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING" National Tour. All three current members, Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangton and Buddy Woodward have intrinsic links to the original group: Mike is the “adopted son” of founding member Nick Reynolds, who was also his musical mentor; Tim, a friend of John Stewart since he was in his early twenties, is one of the few musicians outside the Trio who has recorded with Nick Reynolds; and Buddy Woodward, a highly regarded musician who has worked with Trio alum George Grove.
The Kingston Trio was one of the most prominent groups of the era's pop-folk boom that started in 1958 with the release of their first album and its hit recording of "Tom Dooley", which sold over three million copies as a single.
Cited as an influence by recording artists as musically and generationally diverse as Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Eagles to comedian and banjo player Steve Martin to contemporary artists such as the multi-Grammy® nominated Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers, The Kingston Trio occupies a unique, preeminent position in American musical history.
The Trio released 19 albums that made Billboard's Top 100, 14 of which ranked in the top 10, and five of which hit the number 1 spot. Four of the group's LPs charted among the 10 top-selling albums for five weeks in November and December 1959, a record unmatched for more than 50 years, and the group still ranks in the all-time lists of many of Billboard's cumulative charts, including those for most weeks with a number 1 album, most total weeks charting an album, most number 1 albums, most consecutive number 1 albums, and most top ten albums.
MIKE MARVIN BIO
Taken in as part of the Reynolds family as a teenager, Mike learned his music ropes at the foot of Nick Reynolds, his late “adopted father.” With Nick’s approval, Mike was present at TRIO rehearsals during the years when the TRIO was the biggest act in the world. Under Nick’s tutelage, Mike learned backstage support, how Nick and the group picked songs, how they managed their tours and many other critical insights. Mike was a member of the group's inner circle and with the opportunity to expand his musical horizons, learned from Manager Frank Werber everything from booking an act to conducting an organized rehearsal to running a complicated business in an orderly fashion.
After years of touring as a folksinger with band mate Tim Gorelangton, Mike branched into movies. Mike pioneered the editing of ski films, including the seminal 1972 90-minute ski movie “Earth Rider” featuring the legendary ski-parachute jump off Yosemite’s El Capitan. This was the birth of extreme skiing in America. It was also the first time music was edited and inserted, note for note, as a driving force in cinematic imagery as Mike implemented the music of John Stewart, Leo Kottke, and The Kingston Trio in Earth Rider and three subsequent feature films. Mike is also an author, artist and architectural designer. Today Mike shares his time between Los Angeles and the southern Oregon coast as he, besides singing and performing with the Kingston Trio, fulfills his official role as the Chief Executive Officer of Kingston Trio Artists, LLC.
In the Kingston Trio, Mike plays a Martin D-28 guitar and Deering Plectrum Banjo. His voice is best described as “Patron Tequila Baritone.” He has been playing and performing for over 50 years. Mike is native of Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City and fourth generation Californian.
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