And here must depart with your comments. George Grove was the finest musician in any of the Trio consists, whether they be real (NBG) or tribute (GBR). It is Dave Guard's punky S.S. Stewart, almost rudimentary frailing, which gave the land sweeping sound, that made everybody want to do the same. Rudimentary is a good word, because Dave was working his butt off to encompass every banjo style and syncopation during the 1958-61 period. I think one can, in the light of documented history, determine he drove everyone crazy with his need to achieve, improve, achieve. But I get ahead of myself here. The initial Kingston Trio is clean, refreshing, and simple.
Please excuse the following if it comes off as racist, but for the post-WW2, tract home, white, middle management, Dad smokes a pipe, Mom stays home, American family, the Kingston Trio offered musical freedom within acceptable confines of pressed slacks and college haircuts. What's safer than folk music? Hoo! If they could only see five years into the future!
John Stewart jazzed up the banjo arrangements and brought in some socially relevant themes, if not protest music. John is more difficult to nail down as a style. He is skilled by the time he joins the Trio.
George is a professional musician with multiple instruments in his bag, and blue grass banjo at the start. Honestly, if George takes the place and skill set of any member of the Trio, it would probably be Buck Wheat.
Now I'm mile from "Santy Anno", but Dave Guard hit it best.