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 him more than singing with his friends to entertain people!
Den Hann - Baritone
Den began his barbershop career with the Southern Union chorus in Bournemouth back in 1987 and also sang with choruses in Plymouth and Kingsbridge he sang with two quartets, travelling to South Wales to rehearse with one as a temporary replacement for the Tenor, who found himself residing at her Majesty’s pleasure!! Den moved to Bedfordshire in 1995 where he joined the highly successful Shannon Express Chorus in Potton. Soon afterwards, he and Alf got together with two other guys and they formed the quartet, “Mid Life Crisis”. During the time they were active, they developed a very large repertoire of songs and performed at both public and private functions locally and further a field. In 2005 they qualified as the UK Seniors Quartet champions and subsequently represented the UK at the International Seniors Championships in Sacramento in January 2006. Den is our quartet manager and is the motive force who ensures that we all learn and sing our parts correctly.
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 Bob, Alf and Den, 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 with Den and two 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.