By Jesse Bertel

Prepare for a journey back in time with the melodies of the great folk era, as The Folk Legacy Trio takes the stage.

Comprising two esteemed members of the Kingston Trio and the former lead singer of The Diamonds, the Trio promises an evening of captivating music, showcasing the essence of folk from the ’50s-’70s, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the Jim & Linda Lee Performing Arts Center, which is located on the Yavapai College campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott.

The Folk Legacy Trio are George Grove, formerly with the Kingston Trio for 41 years; Rick Dougherty, former member of the Limeliters and Kingston Trio for 25 years; and Jerry Siggins, former lead singer for 27 years of the legendary doo-wop group The Diamonds.

“It all started with folk music,” Grove said. “Even the rock ‘n’ roll era, a lot of the artists started with their feet firmly planted in folk music. That’s what we give to people is that wonderful music that they remember.”

Hailed as the “living library” of folk music, the Trio boasts dynamic vocals and expert instrumental arrangements that have become their signature. Audiences can expect an unforgettable musical journey, with harmonies and guitar playing that pay homage to iconic figures including The Weavers, Joan Baez, Simon & Garfunkel, and Gordon Lightfoot. The Folk Legacy Trio’s performance is a celebration of the rich tapestry of folk music, bringing to life some of the most beloved songs ever written.

“We’re very careful in arranging the songs so that it is representative, not just of the original song, but also of our voices and our talents,” Grove said. “They get more than the feeling of the era. They hear the songs and say, ‘That sounded better than I remember it.’”

Having shared stages with legends such as Peter, Paul & Mary, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, and many others, The Folk Legacy Trio brings a wealth of experiences and memories to their performance. Their repertoire, drawn from the Great American Folksong Book, promises an evening filled with nostalgia.

“It’s not that we were just performers for a long time, but we were on the stage with many of those original artists,” Grove said. “Not just as performers, like me and the Kinston Trio, but we performed with the other groups and the other artists, many of whom we were in their homes and had dinner with. So, we have lots of stories to tell too.”

For more information about the Folk Legacy Trio, visit www.folklegacytrio.com.

Tickets for The Folk Legacy Trio start at $39, and interested patrons can buy them at the Jim & Linda Lee Performing Arts Center Ticket Office on the Yavapai College Prescott Campus. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; and one hour prior to performances. For reservations or more information, contact 928-776-2000, or visit www.ycpac.com.

Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Facebook @ JesseBertel, email him at jbertel@prescottaz.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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