Bob Mason - Lead
For 2 years, Bob was a member of Sawtry Chorale, a mixed voice singing group based in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire, where he lives. However, he had always had a longing to sing four part harmony and began his barbershop career in 2001 when he joined the Vocal Academy chorus in Sawtry singing Lead. He has also sung in a number of quartets but didn't really get discovered as a wonderful Lead until 2008 when he became part of "Double Take". Nothing pleases Bob more than singing with his friends - entertaining people!
Kevin Barnes - Baritone
Kevin’s first public singing performance was when he was just 6 years old and entered his first choral competition at the age of 7. From 9 years he sang in a church choir and various other ensembles while at school. His musical pastimes continued, singing and playing semi-pro in various groups, playing guitar, bass and five string banjo, performing at large and small gigs, including folk clubs. Over the years he received classical voice training to grade 8 and did several solo and group recitals as tenor or baritone in the classical and sacred fields, including singing at several cathedrals. Kevin has directed several small acappella groups and is also a trained vocal coach. In 2000 he discovered the wonderful world of barbershop singing and since then has sung in three different choruses and two quartets. Currently singing baritone within Potton based Shannon Express. In mid 2013 Kevin was welcomed into Double Take when their then baritone retired to the West Country.
Dave Beattie - Bass
Dave had admired his local barbershop chorus, Shannon Express, for a good few years before plucking up courage to join in 1996. Soon he was completely hooked by the wonderful world of four part harmony. After a few years learning the craft he ventured into quartet singing and was in various quartets ultimately joining “Transatlantic Connection” who competed in both the Irish (silver medallists) and UK national competitions. When half of the quartet returned to America, Dave considers himself lucky in taking the roll of Bass with a couple of his old mates (and seasoned pros), Alf and Den, and formed “Double Take”. Dave says that singing close harmony with his good friends, gives him such a kick and believes that that is evident when you see (and hear) them perform.
Alf Fisher - Tenor
Alf has been singing since he joined a church choir on the Wirral when he was 13 years old. Since that time he has sung with many choral and operatic societies but that all came to an end when he moved to Cambridgeshire with his job in 1984. In 1990 he joined the Shannon Express barbershop Chorus based in Potton and has been hooked on singing close harmony in the chorus and in quartet ever since. He was asked to join a quartet called “Bad Habits” and they had a lot of fun performing to many public audiences. Soon afterwards, he joined up with three like-minded members of the Shannon Express Chorus and formed the quartet, “Mid Life Crisis” who were a very popular locally known quartet. In 2005, they qualified as the UK Senior Quartet champions and subsequently represented the UK at the International Seniors Championships in Sacramento in January 2006. Shortly after this Mid Life Crisis decided to disband. Missing the buzz of quartet singing, Alf got together with some more like minded guys in Shannon Express to form the Double Take quartet. The fun goes on.