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Thread #90738   Message #2104637
Posted By: Rowan
16-Jul-07 - 06:53 PM
Thread Name: best a capella groups
Subject: RE: best a capella groups
When I started performing (in Oz), groups (pairs, trios etc up to about octets) that sang harmonies with no instrumental involvement were always (in the folk scene) described as singing unaccompanied harmonies; soloists that did so sang "unaccompanied" but not with harmonies unless the audience got into the act, which happened. The fashion changed in (as far as I can tell) in the 90s, when commentators with more classical training than knowledge of the folk scene started using "a capella" (and a cappella) to describe such items. Of course, it may have been that such commentators were using the term for the obligatory non-instrumental item in any Steeleye Span concert a couple of decades earlier but there weren't many such commentators on radio/tv in Oz at that time so I wouldn't have known.

Cheers, Rowan