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March 15, 2008

Plumbing the Depths of Harmony

Longmont Daily Times- (CO):

The members of the a cappella group Plumbers of Rome say they “sing at you.” But their in-your-face attitude is all about fun. “I’m a man who loves chicken,” they sing in “Love Song of a Carnivore.” “Chicken is all right by me/I’m gonna to get myself a chicken/Gonna eat it with salt and ketchup and peas.” It gets looney from there, with lyrics about stapling cow meat to their chests and wearing ostrich on their heads “like a beret.”

It’s all done in impeccable harmonies, and their vocal talents helped land them in the 19th annual Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes, an a cappella festival that takes place Saturday night in Denver. The event is open to the public.

The three-member Plumbers are led by 30-year-old Longmont resident Tim Jones and were founded in 2005. The two other current members are Denver resident Michael Hanna and Boulder resident Peter Driscoll. The group, in various incarnations, has competed in three past Sweepstakes.

Produced by the Colorado Vocal Jazz Society, the Sweepstakes is a regional competition whose winner goes on to a national competition May 3 in San Francisco. “It’s a really big deal to win a regional,” Jones said. “The national competition is really kind of the Super Bowl of a cappella singing.”

Another group Jones leads, Vocality, was the runner-up in last year’s Sweepstakes. Vocality had been slated to compete this year, but a last-minute personnel issue prompted the Plumbers to take their place.

The Plumbers of Rome will be among seven groups in the competition. The field includes ensembles from metro Denver, Fort Collins, and Lubbock, Texas. “Our purpose is to ‘deconstruct’ pop music,” Jones wrote about the Plumbers in an e-mail. “(We) take hits of today and yesterday and strip the music down to its most bare elements.”

Character creation is also part of the Plumbers act. The three members wear workman’s coveralls and purport to be actual plumbers from ancient Rome. Jones says the group has a “long history.”

Posted by acapnews at March 15, 2008 12:04 AM


Way to go. A fresh change in the hoard of all sorts of different groups tyring so hard. Definitely a much needed change.

Posted by: Micheal Wynn at March 15, 2008 12:06 AM

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