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The Boston University Dear Abbeys are everything an all-male a cappella group should be and more. The group was founded in 1992, creating the first group of its kind at Boston University. Since then, they have had many accomplishments that only a few groups can boast.
In 2005, the group won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA’s), skyrocketing the group to new heights. This win not only put their name on the map in the A Cappella world, but it also established their reputation as having a “musical precision, complex arrangements, and an energetic style of live performance that’s difficult to match,” according to the groups website.
The musical talent in the BU Dear Abbeys has also been recognized by many influential figures in the music world. The group has had the opportunity to work with the likes of Ball in the House, Steven Tyler, and Ben Folds. As recently as the spring of 2012, the BU Dear Abbeys performed with Ben Folds at their own “A Cappella Palooza”.
In addition to this one of a kind performance, the group also released their eighth studio album Proclamation. Here on All A Cappella, we have received the CD and are in the process of uploading their music into our library. With the wide range of arrangements, this album is perfect for any a cappella fan. Earth Wind and Fire, The White Stripes, and Mumford & Sons are just a few of the artists that are covered on the album.
This a cappella group is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Now, what is their secret for going strong this long?
I believe the BU Dear Abbeys have made it as an a cappella group because of their ranging appeal. From performing at small family gatherings to Fenway Park, the group of Boston boys have a hometown feel with a strong fan base. Their talent has only been harnessed as the years have passed. Also, their arrangements haven’t hurt them either. While covering Top 40 hits and more, this group has brought in a diverse fan base. The songs speak for themselves.
The Dear Abbeys have hit a huge milestone in their career. We can only hope for them to continue their ever-growing success. With local shows in Boston always popping up, you’re bound to have an opportunity to see them perform. Until then, stay tuned to All A Cappella to hear more music off of their newest album, Proclamation.