Other than the Kingston Trio?
I wasn't born yet, but I was into the Chad Mitchell Trio and The MFQ. Figuring out Modern Folk Quartet arrangements was a great way to learn about harmony.
I was also into the Womenfolk, a great but lesser known group.
The Back Porch Majority had a couple of good albums before they went off the track and did that seriously weird one(The Willy Nilly Wonder Of Illusion-skip it).
Calling us folksters....do you remember The Folksters, based out of Florida? It was Art Schill and a couple of guys who ended up in Spanky And Our Gang. They also had the great Paul Champion on banjo(there is a Stewart tie in on that). They did one record, and it's pretty good, but mostly remembered for the three Corvettes they were standing in on the cover.
So many great groups! I wish I could have been there!
Greeting Folksters :
What was your favourite vocal group in the great 50's folk scare?
For me there were about six. The Weavers were the first, followed in time by The Tarriers (Banana Boat Song, Alan Arkin, Eric Darling), The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, Bud and Travis, and The Rooftop Singers (Eric Darling again).
I thought that the Brothers Four were the best of the "glee club" type groups - unexciting arrangements and accompaniments, but mellow, harmonious vocals and quality songs.
I'm just learning their hit song from the movie "The Alamo", which should have chosen Dave Guard's and Jane Bowers' vibrant song of that name as well, but regrettably did not. They did however choose "The Green Leaves of Summer" by Dimitri Tiomkin and Paul Webster.
It's fun to play, anywhere from Am to Em starting positions - have you tried it?
It sounds beautiful fingerpicked on my classical Brazilian Giannini guitar.
Regards ....... Glen in the Great White North