About This Show
Talking Shop is a podcast that talks barbershop music. Its hosts, James Pennington and Josh O’Brien, are committed to discussing barbershop music in contexts that concern both the close-knit barbershop community and the rest of the world at large.
The show talks about music, contests, albums, concerts and whatever else we can. We’ll feature interviews with people from around barbershop, and we’ll get as much singing on here as we can legally.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 4: Talking Shopera
Dec 8 12
Episode 4 of Talking Shop, "Talking Shopera," is now online.
In this episode, Josh and James interview Anthony Clark Evans, a professional opera singer who is also a three-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The two co-hosts talk with Evans—Clark, as he goes by in his personal life—about his shot to notereity in the opera community (he went from selling cars to landing a contract with the Chicago Lyric Opera in a span of about six months, winning a prestigious competition on the stage at the Met in the interim), how his expertise in vocal production and experience in several other genres of music have translated to his success as a barbershop singer, and how his experience in barbershop has benefitted his professional career in opera.
We also discuss how Clark and James once almost intentionally vomited on stage during a barbershop contest, Clark's scream on stage in Portland, some of Clark's favorite quartets, and several other tangents as well.
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