Triboro Delivers “Harmony x 3”

Preview of a new CD from Triboro
and WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlists for October 4 & 18, 2015

My guest on the October 4th show was Don Friedman, 1/3 of the trio Triboro. The members of Triboro represent three of the five boroughs of New York City, Don lives in Brooklyn, Phylis Elkind in Manhattan and Evy Mayer in the Bronx. The group has just released their second CD, appropriately titled Harmony x 3. The CD comes 12 years after their first recording was released. The three met through the Folk Music Society of New York (formerly NY Pinewoods) where they would sing together at various club functions. Their love of harmony led to the formation of the trio and now we have a wonderful new collection of songs to share on the radio!

Three person harmony, when done correctly, is a beautiful experience. Triboro gets it right and delivers a wide-ranging collection featuring 16 tunes that showcase the individual tastes and specialties of all three members as well as the compelling group harmony that has become the trademark for this talented trio.

At times, Triboro whisks us back in time as their vocals glimmer with the spirit of the Carter Family, in fact the new CD ends with A.P. Carter’s “The Winding Stream.” The trio’s harmonies also carry us into the present with charming covers of songs from Iris Dement, Gillian Welch and Lou & Peter Berryman. Each song on this new collection is newly arranged by the trio making even old chestnuts like “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” sound fresh and attractive.

The diverse song selection on the CD features representations from gospel, old-timey, Hawaiian, bluegrass and contemporary singer-songwriter styles. I particularly loved their rendition of a song they learned from the work of Joseph Spence – “Great Dream From Heaven.”

The three artists share a mutual chemistry and respect for the songs they sing which ties all the songs together in a CD that I will be listening to over and over again. I just hope we do not have to wait another 12 years for their next CD!

Ron Olesko speaks with Don Friedman, member of the group Triboro,
about their new CD “Harmony x 3” and shares selections from the recording.
CD available at CD Baby
The interview below was originally broadcast over WFDU-FM on 10/4/15

 WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for October 4, 2015
(Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm Eastern Time over WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern New Jersey area, or on the web at or On-demand streams of shows, including this one, are archived for two weeks by clicking HERE. A Sing Out! Radio Partner.)

ARTIST “Tune / Song”
ALBUM Label – Website
Theme: HARVEY REID “Dirty Dish Rag”
Solo Guitar Sketchbook Woodpecker Records –
HAPPY TRAUM “Careless Love Blues”
Just for the Love of It Lark’ s Nest Music –

HAPPY TRAUM “Things Are Coming My Way”
Just for the Love of It Lark’ s Nest Music –
The Farwells self –
LOW LILY “Cherokee Shuffle / Lucky”
Low Lily EP self –

THE KENNEDYS “From A Distance”
Dance a Little Closer self –
DAWN AND HAWKES “Love You Forever”
Yours and Mine self –
Due South Co-Op Due South Records –

EFRAT “Before You Were Born”
The Silver Lining
DONNA ULISSE “It Could Have Been the Mandolin”
Hard Cry Moon self –
CARPENTER & MAY “Carpenter & May”
Violin Satar Records –

RUFUS & MARTH WAINWRIGHT “Sweet Thame, Flow Softly”
Joy of Living:A Tribute to Ewan MacColl

TRIBORO “Great Dream From Heaven”
Harmony X 3 self –
TRIBORO “Won’ t You Come & Sing For Me?”
Harmony X 3 self –
TRIBORO “Waikiki”
Harmony X 3 self –
TRIBORO “Whichita”
Harmony X 3 self –
TRIBORO “Sweet it the Melody”
Harmony X 3 self –
TRIBORO “One Day I Will”
Harmony X 3 self –
TRIBORO “The Winding Stream”
Harmony X 3 self –

THE BOXCAR LILLIES “Captain’ s Seat”
Knockout Rose self –
FREEBO “That’ s What Love Is”
If Not Now When Poppabo Music –
ANDY COHEN “Seaboard Train”
Road Be Kind Earwig Music –

CHRISTINE LAVIN “Cary Grant, Esther Williams, Tom Cruise & The Romance of the Gun”
Christine Lavin & Friends Live at McCabes self –

Noel Paul Stookey “One & Many”
At Home New World Media –
At Home NewWorld –

NORTH SEA “Fire in the Glen”
Fire in the Glen self –
ARCHIE FISHER “Waltz Into Winter”
A Silent Song Red House Records –
OPEN THE DOOR FOR THREE “When First I Went to Caledonia”
The Penny Wager self –
Woven self –

AMY SOUCEY “Old Crows”
This River self –
Fire Bloom self –
ALISON BROWN “Musete for the Last Fret”
The Song of the Banjo Compass Records – ,
BOB ROWE “How Can I Keep from Singing?”
Legacy September Records –

THE JOHNSON GIRLS “God Bless the Moonshiners”
On Deck and Below Folk Legacy – ,

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About Ron Olesko

For over 40 years, Ron has been a radio programmer with WFDU-FM in Teaneck, New Jersey. He created WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS in 1980, a show that he continues to host and produce every Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6pm Eastern Time. He's the president of and booker for the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and is a regular contributor to Sing Out! as well as the host of the Folk Music Notebook blog on this site. Ron can also be found emceeing concerts and festivals around the NYC/NJ area. A lifelong Mets fan and a rabid soccer geek, Ron is a Red Bull season ticket holder since their inception and will most likely be in his seat when not in the studio.

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