Barbershop chorus group inviting others to sing

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 14, 2005

ASHLAND, Ky. - The Singing Kernels are still singing and inviting people to join in for a night.

The Ashland-based barbershop chorus is having a guest night at 6 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 1811 Carter Ave., Ashland.

"All interested singers are invited to attend," said Dow Dunfee, a 6-year member from Ironton.

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The guest night is just a time for people to get together and sing music, he said.

"We hope to add members to the chorus, that's our ultimate goal, but we aren't pushing people to join," Dunfee said.

With at least 25 members scattered about the Tri-State from age 10 to 89, the chorus represents the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

"The Barbershop tradition started way back in the late 1800s," Dunfee said. "We just enjoy that style of music."

That style is harmony sung a cappella in four-part chorus using tenor, baritone and bass vocals.

"We do it because we enjoy singing and we do have competitions just like other music groups, but we just love singing," Dunfee said.

The chorus annually performs at the Paramount Arts Center, goes to local events and nursing homes, competes and presents singing Valentines in February.

For more information about the Singing Kernels or the guest night call (740) 532-9752