4 in a Bar
4 in a Bar
4 in a Bar is Ireland’s leading vocal harmony and barbershop quartet singing traditional, classical, pop and barbershop music. Members of the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers, the have been awarded in 2015 the National Gold Medal in the male quartet category.
Repertoire-wise, 4 in a Bar covers every sort of style, even writing new songs when requested. Classical, spiritual, traditional, Irish, pop, rock – it’s been done. Eoin is the group’s main arranger, responsible for everything from radio jingles to more complex arrangements of pieces like The Scientist, No surprises, Can’t take my eyes off you and others.
In recent years, they have represented Ireland at home and abroad, sung for our President, entertained festival concert audiences, recorded two albums, written jingles for companies big and small and serenaded may happy couples on their wedding day.
If it can be sung, they’ll sing it – in ringing vocal harmony !
In 2009, they represented Ireland at European level competitions (Eindhoven) – the only male Irish vocal quartet to ever qualify to do so.
Eoin and Tristan both come from north County Dublin, Shane from Limerick and Paul from Mullingar, but the guys all live and work in Dublin where they met each other on the singing scene. From this busy world of cathedral choirs, opera productions, movie soundtracks and recording studios, their passion for blended voices led them to search YouTube for new ideas, and they soon discovered the world of barbershop singing. Having ordered some sheet music online and signed up as members of IABS, the guys got together and the rest is history…
In August 2015, the quartet launched their new album– ‘Hide & Seek’ – with a lunchtime concert at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. It features quite a few of Eoin’s arrangements for the group and was made Album of the Week on RTÉ Lyric FM
As a group or individually, the guys have performed or recorded with artists as renowned and diverse as Paul Brady, Anuna, Riverdance, Opera Theatre Company, The Corrs, Chanticleer, Chamber Choir Ireland, Celtic Woman, The Crash Ensemble, The Kronos Quartet and the RTE Concert Orchestra.
It is a priority for the guys to share the knowledge they have accumulated and to inspire and develop the next generation of harmony singers, and to achieve that they present classroom masterclasses in keeping with the principles of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Visiting schools and youth clubs where invited, the quartet brings a mix of fun and singing technique to young people in the hope they will continue the cost-free, healthy activity of ensemble singing.