THE KINGSTON TRIO “KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING” TOUR BIO

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 1950s, 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.

With their signature-striped shirts, banjos, bongos, guitars and charismatic personalities, they became the biggest singing and recording act of their time.

Fans of legendary folk icons The Kingston Trio now have an opportunity to re-discover their timeless music as part of the national “Keep the Music Playing” tour which celebrates the group’s more than 60 years of entertaining audiences everywhere with performances of many of the Trio’s best-loved songs.

All three current members, Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangton and Don Marovich have intrinsic links to and experience with the original group: Mike, the “adopted son” of Nick Reynolds, grew up at the knee of the Kingston Trio founding member, who was his life-long musical mentor; Tim, a close friend since boyhood, is one of the few musicians outside the Trio who has recorded with Nick Reynolds; and Don Marovich who has performed with the Trio and who plays the guitar, banjo and mandolin.

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.

MIKE MARVIN

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. 

TIM GORELANGTON

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.

Don C. Marovich

Don C. Marovich is a native Hoosier who relocated to the Phoenix, Arizona area in the 1970’s — joining The Kingston Trio recently. Don has also had an active solo and band career with many thousands of hours in front of diverse audiences. In the 80s, Don, as a bandleader, was the subject of a one-hour music special that aired in 36 states on ABC television. Don currently resides and plays all over the Southwest in winters and summers in Northeast Wisconsin.
Besides being a singer /songwriter, Don also plays guitar, banjo, bass, and mandolin. Music runs in Don’s blood and he is most at home any time his guitar is in his hands and the mic is live. Don brings his considerable skill and experience to the The Kingston Trio with great enthusiasm.

“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

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“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

“WE’VE BEEN TOURING FOR 60 YEARS AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER 60 WITH THESE GUYS.”

Bob Shane, Founding Member

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