TRIBORO hails from the boroughs of New York, but looks beyond the Hudson, to other places and other times, for songs and inspiration. They are an acoustic vocal trio that applies fine three-part harmony to an eclectic mix of musical genres.
Hear great old-time, new-time, Carter Family, country, Western, bluegrass and beyond.

Phyllis Elkind (Manhattan)
Phyllis' early influences were the Weavers and Pete Seeger, and the weekly 'hootenanny' at her high school. She has worked as a music teacher for children and taught members of pre-teen rock bands. Phyllis was lead singer in the country Western dance band, "Midnight Rodeo", and brings a lot of great country material to Triboro. She is the founder of the ever popular, "Freddie and the Drumsticks"; a women's rock band. She plays guitar in Triboro and her first and remaining love is singing harmony.

Don Friedman (Brooklyn)
Don began playing guitar and singing at about 8 years, and realized that he could harmonize at about 9 ("hey, you're not singing the tune!".) He played with a high school rock band, but was particularly influenced by the folk music revival of the 60s. In recent years, Don has been exploring old-time, country and bluegrass music, and enjoys songs with an international flavor. He plays rhythm and lead guitar, a bit of mandolin and is now working on clawhammer style banjo. He served for a number of years  as a jam session leader and a guitar instructor at Vocal Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia, and co-teaches a bluegrass harmony singing class at Jalopy in Brooklyn. By day, he is an attorney with an anti-poverty agency on Long Island.
Evy Mayer (The Bronx)
Evy is a former social worker who started playing guitar at age 13. As a child she didn't know she was singing harmony, until someone told her that's what she was doing. During high school Evy was in the All City High School Chorus and continued to sing and play folk songs. After a trip to Hawaii in 1989, she started to play ukulele, and fell in love with the instrument. In addition, she plays dumbek and other percussion instruments, and enjoys international music and folk dancing. Evy also performs on and produces albums. The one before "Triboro" is called "Humor Me!" and presents 17 humorous songs, and she has also produced three albums of rounds. She is enjoying Triboro's musical exploration of Carter family material.

Triboro CD

Our first album, self titled Triboro, is now available in both CD and Cassette formats. Digital downloads are available at

1. Are You Tired of Me, My Darling? - A. P. Carter
2. Orphan Girl - Gillian Welch
3. Tennessee Blues - Bobby Charles
4. I'll See You In C-U-B-A - Irving Berlin
5. My Dixie Darling - A. P. Carter
6. Open That Can - Nancy White
7. San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills
8. Early - Greg Brown
9. Good Enough For Now - "Weird" Al Yancovic
10. Nobody Loves Me - Zeke Clements
11. Sleepless Nights - Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant
12. While The Band Is Playin' Dixie - Sara Carter and Maybelle Carter
13. Blue Kentucky Girl - Johnny Mullins
14. Hard Times Come Again No More - Stephen Foster
15. Who Will Watch The Home Place - Kate Long
16. My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii - Cogswell, Harrison and Noble

Harmony x 3

Twelve years after our first CD, Triboro is still going strong: bringing three-part harmonies to a wide range of songs, from gospel to Hawaiiana, traditional to singer-songwriter, and old-time to bluegrass. The Triboro bridge itself has been renamed, leaving us to carry on the tradition. We continue to get the same pleasure, as always, in finding a great new song, working out harmonies and an arrangement, and making it our own. Our new album, Harmony x 3, is now available in CD format. Digital downloads are available at

1. Flower Blooming in the Wildwood - Lily May Ledford
2. Ain't No Ash Will Burn - Walt Aldridge
3. Wichita - Gillian Welch
4. Song of the Island Manhattan - Annette Kirk
5. Baltimore Fire - Charlie Poole, Norman Woodlieff
6. Great Dream from Heaven - Adger Pace, Joseph Spence
7. White Sandy Beach - Willie Dann
8. Tumbling Tumbleweeds - Bob Nolan
9. Why am I Painting the Living Room? - Peter Berryman, Lou Berryman
10. Pull for the Shore - Public Domain
11. Won't You Come and Sing for Me? - Hazel Dickens
12. One Day I Will - Public Domain
13. Great High Mountain - Grady H. May
14. Waikiki - Andy Cummings
15. Sweet is the Melody - Iris DeMent
16. Orphan Train - Bruce Utah Phillips
17. The Winding Stream - A. P. Carter

For information and bookings contact: EVY MAYER 3050 Fairfield Ave #3K, Bronx, NY 10463. Phone: (718) 549-1344 (after 11 AM). Contact Evy Mayer