Barbershop History and Gallery


A brief history

There are several views of how, where and when Barbershop singing began. The popular one appears to be that barbershop style originated in the USA during the late 1800’s and developed by the combining of four diverse voice parts. This starts with the lowest (BASS) progressing upwards to the BARITONE then the LEAD (the only part to invariably sing the melody or tune) and topped off with the highest part, the barbershop TENOR.
Whilst the views vary, it is reported that the growth of the tradition was certainly aided between the 1860s and 1920s by the types of songs popular at the time, songs characterised by sentimental lyrics and uncomplicated melodies that could be harmonised with a variety of four-part chords. The growth continued and it is reported that there are now approx 50,000 singers in the US and approx 5000 males and probably as many ladies in the UK.
They enjoy having their photos taken –  More of our singers out and about in Stenhousemuir
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Falkirk Tryst Festival
Pals by the Score                                                                                        Bill’s Solo –  during ‘Down our Way’ and                                                           Ian entertaining our Audience
Down Our Way (pals by the score) (2)
                                                          Down Our Way (patter) (2)Wandering Conductor (2)
A ‘Shady’ Lot – Preparing to perform ‘Beach Boys Medley’                                                                    Performing ‘Catch a Falling Star’                      
Beach Boys (would you buy a car from these men) (2)Catch A Falling Star (2)
Harry as the intoxicated sailor – during ‘Shine on Me’
Shine On Me (2)
Sweet Harmony – Christmas 2013
                             Sweet Harmony members and guests enjoying our Christmas Party 15/12/2017