Barbershop singers have been around for decades, apparently beginning with The Mills Brothers, four African American brothers who learned to harmonize in their father’s barbershop:
According to Wikipedia: "Barbershop music features songs with understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies, whose tones clearly define a tonal center and imply major and minor chords and barbershop (dominant and secondary dominant) seventh chords that resolve primarily around the circle of fifths, while making frequent use of other resolutions."
No matter how they say it – four-part harmony is an absolute delight for listeners. I always thought of Barbershop Harmony as quartets, dressed like the Dapper Dans at Disneyland:
But the concept has grown over the years, and now whole choruses sing this style of music. And women often are included.
Last night we attended the Show of Champions for an area competition. Interestingly, when the choruses and quartets compete in the Barbershop Harmony Society events, women are not allowed to be part of the group – but the women have their own venue for competition, via Sweet Adelines International.
The competition was hosted by Langley First Capital Chorus, of which a friend is a member:
The Gentlemen of Fortune of Greater Vancouver won the competition:
And were were entertained by the dynamic West Coast Harmony, international Sweet Adeline champions:
It was a wonderful evening of music and harmony.
Happy listening! Blessings, Peg