Americana #3 - Barbershop Harmony

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In the late 19th century the barbershop was a community center where men discussed issues of the day. In African American shops the men would also harmonize while waiting for their turn giving birth to barbershop harmony.

The genre features a cappella close harmony, songs with lyrics that can be understood and overtones.

Barbershop choruses and quartets were popular until 1919, but declined with the birth of the Jazz Era. Interest was rekindled in the 1940's and remains strong today

Locally, the Bull Run Troubadours was formed in 1957 and has more than 30 members. Similar to other barbershop harmony choruses they have numerous "breakout" quartets. We made the video below last summer while attending their performance at Harris Pavilion in Manassas. Although the full chorus was unable to be present, I am sure you will agree that barbershop harmony is in good voice in Prince William County.


Bull Run Troubadours

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Bud & Beth McKinney
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Great share! Bringing back so many memories... They are really all amazing.

Jul 25, 2012 02:52 PM #11
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Bud and Beth  I've never heard a barbersjop group I didn't wnjoy

Jul 25, 2012 02:54 PM #12
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Karen, yes, I would have to agree that barbershop harmony is in good voice in Prince William County.

Jul 25, 2012 05:14 PM #13
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Karen,

Great post. The Gospel Quartets and Do-Wop are likely outgrowths of this. :)

Steve

Jul 25, 2012 11:39 PM #14
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Nick  We go to their concerts whenever possible

Jul 26, 2012 02:49 AM #15
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Steve  We have several friends in the Bull Run Troubadouts - I'll have to inquire

Jul 26, 2012 02:51 AM #16
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Bruce Walter
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Karen, the barbershop quartet is truly an American treasure and I hope there are younger singers with talent who will carry on this truly American form of music.  You are fortunate to have the Bull Run Troubadours in your area around Manassas!

Jul 26, 2012 04:48 AM #17
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I actually had the pleasure of going to a barbershop about 40 years ago where the there was a true quartet that sang regularly between cutting hair.  It is one of my fondest memories.

Jul 26, 2012 05:21 AM #18
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Bruce  It would be a big loss to lose barbershop singing

Jul 26, 2012 05:41 AM #19
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Gabe  I would gone there for a haircur- my hair can be cut  by a barber since it is kwor very short

Jul 26, 2012 05:43 AM #20
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Dear Karen & Art - I will be singing the song all day LOL ( Breakin up is hard to do :)

 

Thanks for sharing!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Grace

 

Jul 26, 2012 07:14 AM #21
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Thanks for sharing the barbershop history and the video.


Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.



Jul 26, 2012 09:28 AM #22
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Erika Rogers
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Hi Karen, love your new profile photo btw....Barber Shop choruses and quartets are so much fun to listen to.  Thanks for sharing.

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Hmmmm...I think I need to do this. ...if only for the shirt...I do like the matching shirts. The green would look good with my fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachmanfestive salt and pepper hair.

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Grace  Oh, I've "been there, done that"

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Roy  You are alwaus welcome

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Erika  It was a pleasure as always

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Steve  They are alwys looking for new members

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Hi Karen,

Well done blog. I enjoyed the beautiful memories, they definitely brings back memories.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Wabdanna  Glad you enjoyed it

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