By definition, Barbershopvocal harmony, as categorised during the barbershop revival era (1930s–present), is the art of singing a cappella, or unaccompanied vocal music. A lot of the music sung by Barbershop choirs will come from this era of the 1930s although nowadays there is a much wider repertoire available.
Historically, Barbershop quartets originated literally in Barbershops! Typically African American men would sing together in harmony while waiting their turn, vocalizing in spirituals, folk songs and popular songs. This created a new style, consisting of unaccompanied, four-part, close-harmony singing. Later, white minstrel singers adopted the style. Early standards included songs such as “Shine On, Harvest Moon“, “Hello, Ma Baby“, and “Sweet Adeline“.
Nowadays, Barbershop singing is not just the domain of male singers. Ladies Barbershop Groups, such as The BlueBelles are gaining in popularity. Indeed there are many competitions and festivals dedicated to Ladies Barbershop Choirs. Fundamental to this is the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers.
The BlueBelles was formed purely to singing barbershop and a cappella style. With the wealth of new music available for choirs in this style the BlueBelles can sing for a variety of occasions and enhance any event. If you would like to book the BlueBelles, please contact our Musical Director, Jules Addison.