4 was a magic number in a week in which have I heard some remarkable musical quartets. The Vogler Quartet amazed me in Cork with their perfect string blend. In Ennis it was harmonies of the vocal acapella variety that beguiled me for a while when I dropped in to the annual boot camp of the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers held at Colaiste Muire on the aptly named, Harmony Row. We heard a selection of quartets and choruses from around the country at a Saturday night concert. Our favourites were British Barbershop Champions, IQ. A lovely blend of close harmonies delivered with humour and panache. Have a listen to them in the video below. Youngsters , Twelve Plus One, (or 12+1) were warmly received. by their more senior colleagues for their chilling rendition of The Sound of Silence.
A rough headcount of participants indicated that the female of the species, Warbler Acapella, predominated at the event. Perhaps the gentlemen are saving themselves for the IABS annual convention in Waterford from 4-6 October. You can read my report of The 2010 convention here Expect to spot warblers of indigenous and non native variety with group titles showing a strong penchant for musicals puns. Should be fun!