In 1958 The Kingston Trio stormed commercial radio with Tom
Dooley and changed the rules of the folk music game. Suddenly folk
music was a pop music contender. The so called “revival” or folk “boom”
coincided with the crisis of the Communist Party and the first wave of
what became known as “youth culture” or “the 60’s”. New markets opened
up for folk music in Canada, drawing in new artists and presenters and
forcing folk music to come to terms with itself as a commodity.