Folk music tells wonderful stories about all kinds of subjects. It is oral history that spans the ages.
Masters of folk music, The Fabulous Limeliters, will bring those stories to life in a family-friendly concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 28.
While not the original group — which organized in 1959 and included Glenn Yarbrough, Alex Hassilev and Lou Gottleib — these artists carry on the tradition proudly.
The 2009 version of the Limeliters includes Mack Bailey, Andy Corwin and Gaylan Taylor.
Yarbrough called tenor Bailey “the next great singer in folk music.” He has a rich history of major concert appearances, sharing the stage with such noted artists as John Denver, Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, Tom Paxton and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Originally from Troy, N.C., Bailey’s rich melodic voice earned him the prestigious Washington Area Music Awards honor for best male vocal in the traditional folk category in 1992.
Bass player Corwin is a performer and songwriter with an offbeat sense of humor and an outrageous repertoire of songs. In 2005 he won top honors at the Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” Songwriting Competition in Kerrville, Texas.
In addition to the Limeliters, Corwin also is a member of the folk/comedy duo “actual size.” During the 1990s he was a member of the politically incorrect, satirical folk quartet The Foremen.
A native New Yorker, Corwin is also an accomplished TV editor and director, with work on NBC, The History Channel, The Discovery Network, Animal Planet, A&E and HGTV.
Taylor is an accomplished vocalist, musician, songwriter, record producer and engineer. An alumnus of The New Christy Minstrels and other folk groups, Taylor has performed in clubs from Las Vegas to New York and has worked with many legendary folksingers and songwriters both on stage and in the recording studio.
Along with another ex-New Christy Minstrel, Igor Glenn, Taylor is a founding member of Igor’s Jazz Cowboys, with whom he has toured throughout the world and shared the stage with Sammy Davis Jr., The Ink Spots and Phyllis Diller.
Together Bailey, Corwin and Taylor create a unique blend of thrilling harmony, whacked out humor and contemporary satire.
Craig Runbeck, the son of Payson resident Kay Runbeck, is organizing the Payson concert. It is his first effort in the world of entertainment, but it comes from the heart.
“I really like folk music and I want it to continue,” he said.
Runbeck is interested in promoting a resurgence in folk music and has been friends with Bailey for a number of years. So, together they came up with the idea of a concert tour with the Limeliters. Payson is the first effort in the campaign.
The concert tickets are $25, with half the profits benefiting the Payson High School Drama Club.
Taylor said they have all been involved in arts programs in the schools and wanted to give the young people in Payson an opportunity to find out about a career in the performing arts.
Bailey said anyone could come backstage after the show to visit with them.
“Folk music is a good time and we want to make it a good word again,” Corwin said.
The audience at the 7 p.m., Saturday, March 28 Limeliters concert at the Payson High School auditorium can expect a selection of songs from the following list: “There’s a Meeting Here Tonight,” “Generic Uptempo Folk Song,” “Folk Medley,” “Irish Medley,” “Right From the Start,” “Power and Glory,” “John Henry,” “Those Crazy Days,” “40 Year Old Waltz,” “Zhankoye,” “Harmony,” “City of New Orleans,” “Rock Me Grandpa,” “That’s My Toy,” “The Bravest,” “Cutting Edge of Passe,” “Have Some Madeira, M’Dear,” “Stewball,” “Circle,” “Things Go Better with Coke,” “Through Children’s Eyes Medley,” “Folk Rap,” “Shine on Me,” “Pass the Music On,” “America the Beautiful / This Land is Your Land.”