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Nylons coming to Holmes tonight

The Nylons, clockwise from top left, Tyrone Gabriel, Garth Mosbaugh, Gavin Hope and Claude Morrison are performing their a cappella show in the Holmes Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 19. Tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for students. A holiday dinner will be served prior to the concert. Tickets are $50 for the dinner and concert.

Known as the "kings of a cappella," the Nylons bring their Christmas show to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The Nylons, best known for their covers of "Happy Together," "Kiss Him Goodbye," and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," will combine some of these familiar hits and original compositions with unique vocal renditions of Christmas standards.

The current foursome, which includes original member Claude Morrison (tenor), Gavin Hope (baritone), Garth Mosbaugh (tenor) and Tyrone Gabriel (bass), has been together for just under five years, said Mosbaugh in a Wednesday telephone interview from his home in British Columbia.

Mosbaugh, who joined the group in 1994, said that he enjoys a capella singing because there is "a certain kind of purity to it" that is unique.

"It's very open sounding -- you don't have a lot of other stuff (i.e., instruments) that you have to compete with. There's no band so you get to hear the voices much better," he said.

With seven gold and six platinum recordings, this four-member vocal group is one of Canada's top international success stories. Over the last 25 years they have become a rue legend in the world of a cappella music. The group has performed over 1,000 concerts in dozens of tours worldwide including Japan, Korea, China, Australia, Europe, Brazil, the U.S. and Canada.

Through the years, the group has recorded 16 albums, including a few original compositions as well as a capella arrangements of more familiar pop standards. Those albums have sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

Mosbaugh said that while they do record original material, the songs are usually written by individuals in the group instead of collaboratively.

"Very rarely have we ever written songs together," he said. "Usually one person writes a song and brings it to the group and if everybody likes it, it's in.

"We're not the most prolific writers the world has ever known, but we do try to inject some original material in there."

With over three million albums sold, The Nylons' winning combination has received international acclaim. The Nylons are also renowned for their vibrant live shows, featuring dazzling harmonies, smooth arrangements, tight choreography, and unparalleled showmanship.

Their rapport with their audiences makes them perennial favorites for all age groups.

"The show's a lot of fun," Mosbaugh said. "We joke and fool around and even make up stuff as we go along. We like to do that -- it keeps it fresh.

"For the Christmas shows we often ask the audience what they awnt to hear and even if we've never done it before, we might give it a shot."

Tickets for Saturday's show are $28 for adults, $14 for students.

The concert is underwritten by SJE Rhombus. To reserve your ticket, call 218-844-SHOW (7469), buy online at or visit the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes (open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or two hours prior to

Saturday's show).

A holiday dinner, a great Christmas party option, will take place prior to the concert in the Holmes Ballroom. Dinner and show packages are available for $50. The meal will be catered by Convent on Reeves and the menu includes a light appetizer, salad with bread, a choice of prime rib, brie stuffed chicken breast or balsamic glazed tofu and dessert.

Contact Vicky Williams at 218-844-4221, ext. 106 by this Monday, Dec. 14 to make your dinner reservation. You can also reach her by e-mail at

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

(218) 844-1454