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The Best Folk Trios Of All Time

Updated October 6, 2019 304 votes 48 voters 1.9k views34 items

List RulesVote up your favorite three-person folk groups.

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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    Peter, Paul and Mary were a United States folk-singing trio whose nearly 50-year career began...  more
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    Crosby, Stills & Nash is a folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and...  more
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    The Kingston Trio is an American folk and pop music group that helped launch the folk revival...  more
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    Arc Iris

    Arc Iris is an American indie rock band from Providence, Rhode Island, United States, that...  more
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    America is an American rock band that was formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek,...  more
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    The Stone Poneys were a folk-rock trio formed in Los Angeles, consisting of Linda Ronstadt on...  more
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    The Chad Mitchell Trio – later known as The Mitchell Trio – were a North American vocal group...  more
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    The Rooftop Singers

    The Rooftop Singers were an American progressive folk-singing trio in the early 1960s, best...  more
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    Bright Eyes was an American indie rock band founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Conor...  more
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    The Carter Family is a traditional American folk music group that recorded between 1927 and...  more
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    The Limeliters are an American folk music group, formed in July 1959 by Lou Gottlieb (bass...  more
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    The Journeymen

    The Journeymen was an American folk music trio in the early 1960s, comprising John Phillips,...  more
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    The Sandpipers

    The Sandpipers were an American easy listening trio who carved a niche in 1960s folk rock with...  more
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    The Chicks (formerly known as the Dixie Chicks) are an American country pop group composed of...  more
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    Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons is an American rock band from Columbus, Ohio, formed in...  more
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    Dispatch is an American indie/roots band. The band consists of Brad Corrigan (vocals, drums,...  more
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    The Browns were an American country and folk music vocal trio best known for their 1959...  more
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    The Lumineers are a folk rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The two founding members and...  more
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    Hearts & Flowers

    Hearts & Flowers was a Los Angeles folk rock club band, perhaps most significant as one of the...  more
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    The Lone Bellow is an American musical group from Brooklyn, New York, United States. The Lone...  more
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    The Accidentals

    The Accidentals are an American musical band, formed in Traverse City, Michigan, United States...  more
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    The Corries

    The Corries were a Scottish folk group that emerged from the Scottish folk revival of the...  more
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    The Springfields were a British pop-folk vocal trio who had success in the early 1960s in the...  more
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    Tall Firs are a New York City based underground electric folk rock band, originally formed in...  more
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    Sleep Station

    Sleep Station is an American indie rock band on Eyeball Records from Bergen County, New Jersey...  more