Historic Holy Trinity Church, which has been serving Ukiah for over 100 years, invites the community to experience some popular music history on Saturday, May 3, when Jerry Burgan brings his Folksongs and Stories show to Mendocino County. Burgan, co-founder of We Five — the group best known for their smash hit “You Were on my Mind”—is also the author of Wounds to Bind: A Memoir of the Folk-Rock Revolution, newly published by Rowman & Littlefield, chronicling the music, life, and times of the pre-psychedelic 1960s when his generation came of age.
Appearing in concert with Jerry, will be his wife Debbie — lead singer with We Five—and long-time friend and band mate, Tholow Chan. The Songs & Stories show takes audiences on a musical journey, starting with the folk-music explosion of the late 1950s and leading up to the emergence of We Five. With early rock and country influences like the Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash and Elvis, along with the major folk influences such as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, the Kingston Trio, Phil Ochs, Peter, Paul & Mary, Dylan and others, much of the music they play is familiar, and there are plenty of opportunities for the audience to sing along. The stories shared between songs offer an engaging look behind the scenes as folk morphed into rock.