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Barbershop is Back at the First Congregational Church, Wolfeboro!

The women of Boston Accent have been singing together since 2005 and they bring their sense of fun and humor to the stage as they make you an offer: “Consider us as entertainment for your next show, corporate event, parole hearing, or emergency liposuction!” Their singing will leave you light hearted and thrilled that you attended.

Born in the fires of the Vocal Revolution Chorus, Downtown Crossing is a youthful quartet dedicated to bringing fun and energy to barbershop music. These young men will undoubtedly remind you that nothing about the evening will be “old fashioned”. When you leave, you might want to start your own group- it’s just that much fun!

Was barbershop harmony actually sung in barbershops? Certainly, and on street corners (it was sometimes called "curbstone" harmony) and at social functions and in parlors. Its roots are not just in the white, Middle-America of Norman Rockwell's famous painting. Barbershop is also a "melting pot" product of African-American immigrants who came to the new world and brought with them a musical repertoire that included hymns, psalms, and folk songs. These simple songs were often sung in four parts with the melody set in the second-lowest voice. Minstrel shows of the mid-1800s often consisted of white singers in blackface (later black singers themselves) performing songs and sketches based on a romanticized vision of plantation life. As the minstrel show was supplanted by the equally popular vaudeville, the tradition of close-harmony quartets remained, often as a "four act" combining music with ethnic comedy that would be scandalous by modern standards.