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November 12, 2009

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Oakville Beaver (Canada):

Singing a cappella is almost akin to standing naked on a stage, says Garth Mosbaugh. As a 15-year veteran of the vocal group, The Nylons, Mosbaugh could almost be considered a bit of an exhibitionist. The same could be said of his longtime co-workers Tyrone Gabriel, bass, Gavin Hope, baritone and tenor Claude Morrison.

“There’s little forgiveness singing a cappella and that can be intimidating,” said Mosbaugh who was in Toronto rehearsing for a cross-Canada tour that lands at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts this Sunday (Nov. 15), for two shows.

Nonetheless, a note that doesn’t hit the pitch properly or a song not started in unison merely garners a side-glance from the others in the group. Instead, the quartet uses those moments as an opportunity to change up things on stage.

“We like to fly by the seat of our pants,” said Mosbaugh. “It’s worthwhile to take a risk and fall flat on your face for the sake of spontaneity.” It works because mutual respect prevails in the group. That’s not to say there isn’t head butting at times, like any relationship endures, “but no one wants to crash and burn,” said Mosbaugh.

It’s worked for the many incarnations of The Nylons, who have been singing 30 years in various quartets with 12 members in all and Claude Morrison as the only remaining original member. The international and coast-to-coast touring has been ongoing since then, as has the studio output that has garnered the group seven gold and platinum recordings.

Posted by acapnews at November 12, 2009 12:00 AM

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