The Halifax III

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The Halifax III
Genres Folk music
Years active 1963-64
Labels Epic Records
Associated acts The Mugwumps
The Journeymen
Past members Pat LaCroix
Denny Doherty
Richard Byrne
Zal Yanovsky

The Halifax Three (or The Halifax III), originally The Colonials, was a folk music band in Canada in the 1960s. The members of the trio were Denny Doherty, Pat LaCroix and Richard Byrne. The group, with the addition of Toronto born Zal Yanovsky, toured with The Journeymen and played Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Two of the major folk rock groups of the late 1960s rose from The Halifax Three/Journeyman meeting. After the Halifax group broke up, Doherty and Yanovsky formed The Mugwumps with Cass Elliot and Jim Hendricks. When that band ended, Yanovsky, with John Sebastian formed The Lovin' Spoonful while Doherty joined The Journeymen's John Phillips and his wife Michelle, to, later, along with Cass Elliot, form The Mamas & the Papas.

LaCroix became an award-winning Toronto photographer and popular jazz vocalist. Byrne returned to Halifax where he formed the short-lived New Halifax III with Scott McCulloch and Michael Stanbury from CBC-TV's Singalong Jubilee.



  • Bull Train / Come On By (Epic 5-9560) 1963-01
  • The Man Who Wouldn't Sing Along With Mitch / Come Down the Mountain Katie Daly (Epic 5-9572) 1963-02-08
  • San Francisco Bay / All the Good Times (Epic 5-9637) 1963


  • The Halifax Three 1963-01-21
  • San Francisco Bay Blues 1963
  • Complete Halifax Three 2002 compilation of both albums and the single All the Good Times

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