Bob Haworth to perform at EP Grange

By Ralph McKechnie

Of the Independent

Those of us who grew up in the 1960s and 70’s are going to appreciate the act booked by the Eagle point Grange for February 24. The grange members have been working hard to bring quality acts for entertainment to enhance the experience for the community, while also raising funds to keep the Grange from slipping into obscurity.  Over the past year, acts have been the Siskiyou Summit Singers, and Nina Gerber and Chris Webster, now; they are coming back with Bob Haworth and John Hollis.

For those who do not recognize the names, Bob Haworth was formerly a member of the Kingston Trio, who played with that group from 1970 through 1985, playing guitar and singing such hits as the Tijuana Jail, “Where have all the flowers gone, and other songs that made the group famous.  Prior to that time, Haworth performed with the Brothers Four, also a well known group of the ballad era in American music. Actually, Haworth was playing with both groups simultaneously when he received an offer to join the Kingston Trio permanently when one of the group’s members became sick.

Haworth lived and played in the Medford area before becoming a full-time musician, playing all over this country and around the world.  He might have continued on with that lifestyle, he says, until 9-11, when he decided to give it up because of travel restriction and terrorists’ threats.

During his working career, he has met and became friends with many of the top named performers, especially the balladeers.  Many of those names are sadly disappearing now, like Glen Campbell, Mary Travers and others that senior citizens grew up listening to.

Bob Haworth teams up with JohnHollis now to bring not only his music, but the story of the evolution of the genre that had him performing all over during his career.

Life for Bob Haworth is a bit tamer now than it was 40 years ago; he and his wife reside in Jacksonville, where his in-laws had chosen to settle some time ago.

Haworth and Eads will perform many of the old-time favorites plus many that have been written by Haworth personally.

Life for this musical group  is slower and should appeal to the older generation., music mixed with stories of his time on the road.They play small clubs around the northwest, because “once it’s in your blood, you just can’t stop.”

The Grange concert is scheduled for February 24.  Tickets at 541 826-9873 or Http://eaglepointgrange.bpt.me.  This promises to be one of the best concerts in the series, so get your tickets early.