Kingston Trio to Serenade Audience with Familiar Songs

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The Kingston Trio

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 25, 2015 – The Kingston Trio will serenade audiences at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

Continuing the 2015-2016 River Campus Touring Series, the Kingston Trio will perform songs like “Tom Dooley,” “M.T.A.,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and countless others.

In 1957, just out of college, Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard rejuvenated folk music and gave it a comic twist. The Kingston Trio took the country by storm from San Francisco’s North Beach club scene. The band name, the Kingston trio, was selected for its Ivy League/Calypso crossover appeal.

During the 1950s and the 1960s, the Kingston Trio experienced massive record sales and worldwide fame. “Tom Dooley,” one of their songs, topped the charts in 1958.

The Kingston Trio brought the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream for the first time and influenced the musical tastes of a generation. Through changing times, the Kingston Trio has played on, remaining popular for a simple reason – great songs that sound as good today as the first time listeners heard them.

Bob Cerchio,  assistant director of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, who booked the show, said one of his biggest disappointments is not being able to mention ahead of time the songs the group will sing.

“Like many long-running music groups, everyone has a favorite selection.  Since the Trio can’t play them all, they don’t want us to appear to make any promises.  They’ll choose their program pretty much on the spot.  Of course, this is a holiday show, so there’s bound to be a seasonal song or two, but all will be delivered in magnificent, Kingston Trio style.”


 Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at