The Kingston Trio2018-12-06T21:46:13+00:00


THE KINGSTON TRIO began with Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane and Dave Guard in 1955… Home base: San Francisco. The three founded what turned out to be the most influential music band to emerge from the 1950’s, only to be outdone by the BEATLES. With talent and tenacity, they rose to become the undisputed kings of an acoustic musical genre that exploded onto the American scene, and still exists today!
They were never actually folksingers but more a musical and vocal group that performed a variety of styles. Audiences worldwide agreed. Recently, the Kingston Trio received the “Grand Grammy” of all Grammys: The Lifetime Achievement Award. Reserved for those select few who have attained spectacular success in the music business over an extended career, this honor places the Trio among a heady pantheon of names like Frank Sinatra, Charlie Parker and The Beatles.
It’s no exaggeration to say these three guys redefined the landscape of popular music in America and eventually the world. They created a demand for folk where none had existed before. Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard literally morphed into a cultural phenomenon. They pioneered the “College Concert” now a part of American life.
With their signature-striped shirts, banjos, bongos, guitars and charismatic personalities, they became the most outstanding singing and recording act of their time. Consider: they set one debut album sales record that remained unbeaten for five decades until a young woman came along named Beyonce.
That’s how popular the Kingston Trio was and still is…

Fans of legendary folk icons The Kingston Trio will soon have an opportunity to re-discover their timeless music in a national tour to mark the group’s 60th anniversary on a national tour performing many of the Trio’s best-loved songs. All three current members, Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangton and Bob Haworth have intrinsic links to and experience with the original group: Mike is the adopted son of founding member Nick Reynolds, who was also his musical mentor; Tim, a close friend since boyhood, is one of the few musicians outside the Trio who has recorded with Nick Reynolds; and Bob Haworth, who has performed with the original Trio for periods between 1985-1999 when Nick Reynolds was unable to tour. Many of their personal memories recall the iconic trio’s performances and journey as folk music made its extraordinary ascent to the pinnacle of popular culture – and the top of the music charts.


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 Trio picked songs, how the Trio managed their tours and many other critical insights. Mike was a member of the Trio’s inner circle and with the opportunity to expand his musical horizons, learned from the Trio’s manager Frank Werber everything from booking an act to conducting an orderly 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 the Trio.

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. 


Like Bob Shane and Dave Guard, Tim was born in Hawaii.  Dad was an Air Force pilot and the family lived all over the United States.  Ask Tim and he’ll tell you, “This whole country is my home town!

Tim started playing woodwinds in high school and ended up serving in US Army Headquarters bands in San Francisco and Stuttgart, Germany. Music was in his family heritage. His father was from Honolulu and was a terrific ukelele player.  Mom was a California girl who was prone to bursting into song around the house…

Tim has played in folk and bluegrass groups in Northern California and Nevada for years. A seasoned singer/songwriter, he wrote “Colorado Sun,” which climbed to number 11 in the regional western US. 

His heroes include, Pete Seeger, John Stewart and Tom Paxton.  Tim is one of the very few musicians outside the Kingston Trio that Nick Reynolds ever recorded with.  

Tim’s main goal is to ensure that the group’s music remains true to its original intentions. He’s the Trio’s Chief Musical Director, arranger, and cat wrangler .

Tim plays the Martin J40 6 String, Vega Pete Seeger Longneck Banjo, and the Guild F512 12 String.


Born into a musical family in Spokane, Washington, Bob grew up listening to his Great-Uncles Carl and Wayne playing plectrum and tenor banjos. Following in their footsteps, he studied with local banjo guru, Dutch Groshoff, and at age 10, he made his television debut on KXLY’s “Starlit Stairway” talent show. A year later, Bob was captivated by The Kingston Trio’s hit, “Tom Dooley”, and before long he was regaling friends and family with his own rendition of the tune.

The Haworths moved to Medford, Oregon in 1959, where Bob formed a folk group called The Kinsmen. After graduating high school, he pursued a music degree at UCLA and later, the University of Oregon, but he was lured away to join The New Yorkers, a Portland band that later gained notoriety as The Hudson Brothers. The group was signed to Seattle-based Jerden Records, owned by record mogul, Jerry Dennon. After Bob left the band in 1970, Jerry called and offered him an audition with The Brothers Four. Bob got the job, touring internationally and recording over a dozen albums with the group between 1970 and 1985.

In the course of their travels, they often shared the bill with other hit folk groups, including The Kingston Trio, with whom Bob became friends. 1985, Bob Shane invited him to join the Trio, replacing Roger Gambill, who had suddenly passed away. When
original member, Nick Reynolds, rejoined the group in 1988, Haworth often pinch-hit for him when he was unable to perform. Upon Nick’s retirement in 1998, Bob returned to sing with The Kingston Trio full-time until July of 2005, when he left to pursue a solo career.

After a 13-year leave of absence, Bob is back, bringing his vocal and instrumental talents and his history with the Trio to this great lineup.

“The Kingston Trio got its name from Kingston, Jamaica, because at the time we started singing and playing we were doing a lot of calypso music. To this day, not one of us has ever been to Kingston, Jamaica!”

“Tom Dooley’s real name was Tom Dula. Tom Dula actually wrote the song “Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley” while in prison awaiting his hanging.”

-Bob Shane

“I was blown away.”

Pat Flynn, Coronado Promoter

“Last Saturday night, June 17th, I took a journey. It was a lovely trip back to a time…They sang the songs the Trio had given us and everyone in the audience knew the words and sang along….and laughed…and cried. It was a magical, fabulous evening and I, for one, will never forget it. Thank you all!”

Gerry MacCartee

“These guys got the vibe,”

Dan Hicks, Hot Licks


Bob Shane, Founding Member

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