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The Best Folk Trios Of All Time  

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Below we’re ranking the best trios in folk music. From Peter, Paul and Mary to The Kingston Trio, these are our favorite folk groups with three members. Folk rock band Middle Brother and indie folk group Run River North are just a few of the best trio bands in folk. We’ve picked our favorites of the popular folk trios below - but which are yours?

Vote up your favorite famous folk music trios, and feel free to add 3-piece folk bands if we missed any of the greats.

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Arc Iris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
Arc Iris
Arc Iris is an American indie rock band from Providence, Rhode Island, United States, that began in 2012 as a solo project of Jocie Adams, formerly a member of The Low Anthem. Arc Iris has had ...more
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Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
Peter, Paul and Mary were a United States folk-singing trio whose nearly 50-year career began with their rise to become a paradigm for 1960s folk music. The trio was composed of folk song writer ...more
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Bright Eyes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
Bright Eyes was an American indie rock band founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor Oberst. It consisted of Oberst, multi-instrumentalist and producer Mike Mogis, trumpet and piano ...more
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Carter Family is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
The Carter Family is a traditional American folk music group that recorded between 1927 and 1956. Their music had a profound impact on bluegrass, country, Southern Gospel, pop and rock musicians ...more
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The Kingston Trio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
The Kingston Trio is an American folk and pop music group that helped launch the folk revival of the late 1950s to late 1960s. The group started as a San Francisco Bay Area nightclub act with an ...more
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Angela Perley & The Howlin' Mo... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons is an American rock band from Columbus, Ohio, formed in 2009 with singer/guitarist Angela Perley, guitarist Chris Connor, and bass player Billy Zehnal through ...more
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
Crosby, Stills & Nash is a folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. They are known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young when joined by occasional fourth ...more
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The Lone Bellow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
The Lone Bellow is an American musical group from Brooklyn, New York, United States. The Lone Bellow began as a songwriting project for Zach Williams, whose wife had suffered temporary paralysis ...more
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Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
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Dixie Chicks are an American music group composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in ...more
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Stone Poneys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
The Stone Poneys were a folk-rock trio formed in Los Angeles, consisting of Linda Ronstadt on vocals, Bobby Kimmel on rhythm guitar and vocals, and the late Kenny Edwards on lead guitar. Their ...more
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The Sandpipers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
The Sandpipers
The Sandpipers were an American easy listening trio who carved a niche in 1960s folk rock with their vocal harmonies and innovative arrangements of international ballads and pop standards. They ...more
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The Sweet Remains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
The Sweet Remains
The Sweet Remains is an American folk-rock band founded by singer/songwriters Rich Price, Greg Naughton & Brian Chartrand. Their independently released 2008 debut Laurel & Sunset ...more
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Run River North is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
Run River North
Run River North, formerly known as Monsters Calling Home, is an American indie folk-rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band formed in 2011. Its early works were inspired by the band ...more
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Middle Brother is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
Middle Brother is an American rock band consisting of songwriters and musicians John J. McCauley III of Deer Tick, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit. They first came ...more
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The Journeymen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
The Journeymen
The Journeymen was an American folk music trio in the early 1960s, comprising John Phillips, Scott McKenzie, and Dick Weissman. As a trio, The Journeymen began performing together in Gerdes Folk ...more
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Bark Hide and Horn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
Bark Hide and Horn
Bark Hide and Horn is an indie/folk-rock band from Portland, Oregon.
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Hearts & Flowers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
Hearts & Flowers
Hearts & Flowers was a Los Angeles folk rock club band, perhaps most significant as one of the groups that launched the career of Eagles' founding member and guitarist-songwriter, Bernie ...more
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America is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
America is an American rock band that was formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio met as sons of US Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they ...more
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The Limeliters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
The Limeliters are an American folk music group, formed in July 1959 by Lou Gottlieb (bass violin/bass), Alex Hassilev (banjo/baritone), and Glenn Yarbrough (guitar/tenor). The group was active ...more
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The Forum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
The Forum
The Forum was a vocal group organized by Les Baxter whose members were Phil Campos, Riselle Bain and Rene Nole who would marry Campos. The group evolved from an earlier folk music group called ...more
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Dispatch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
Dispatch is an American indie/roots band. The band consists of Brad Corrigan (vocals, drums, guitar, percussion, and harmonica), Pete Francis Heimbold (vocals, bass, and guitar), and Chad ...more
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The Browns is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
The Browns were an American country and folk music vocal trio best known for their 1959 Grammy-nominated hit, "The Three Bells". The group, composed of Jim Ed Brown and his sisters ...more
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The Springfields is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
The Springfields were a British pop-folk vocal trio who had success in the early 1960s in the UK, US and Ireland and included singer Dusty Springfield and her brother, record producer Tom ...more
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The Rooftop Singers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
The Rooftop Singers
The Rooftop Singers were an American progressive folk-singing trio in the early 1960s, best known for the hit "Walk Right In". The group was composed of Erik Darling and Bill Svanoe ...more
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Tall firs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Trios Of All Time
Tall Firs are a New York City based underground electric folk rock band, originally formed in 1990 by teenagers Dave Mies and Aaron Mullan in Annapolis, Maryland. Their album, Tall Firs, was ...more