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Heartfelt and soulful, The Nylons sing on!

by on October 12, 2012

For over 30 years, The Nylons have been the most beloved Canadian vocal quartet, earning a reputation unsurpassed. Needing only their voices, their joy, and their ability to entertain audiences, the group was formed in Toronto in 1978. Today the group consists of tenors Claude Morrison and Garth Mosbaugh, as well as baritone Gavin Hope and bass Tyrone Gabriel. Winners of a myriad of awards, with 16 studio albums under their belts, The Nylons continue to perform worldwide and will bring their passion and critically acclaimed sound to the Playhouse stage on Friday, October 26 at 7:30pm.

There have been, counting the current line-up, a total of 12 group members in the group’s 27 years. Claude Morrison is the only original member still in the group, although Arnold Robinson, who joined in 1981 and who retired in early 2006, comes close to Claude’s longevity.

Every member of The Nylons played a significant part in the group’s quarter-century story. Denis Simpson and Ralph Cole left before the band made their debut album (although they’re heard on the two early demo tracks that open the Sterling CD). Paul Cooper left in 1989, exhausted and tired of life on the road; Mark Connor, sadly died of AIDS in March 1991. Billy Newton-Davis and Micah Barnes had, respectively, three and four-year runs with the group in the early ‘90s, and Mark Cassius was with the band from 1997 to 2005.

Peppered with a slick jazz flavour throughout, Skin Tight is the latest and perhaps the catchiest collection of signature Nylons harmonies to date. The 12-track album overflows with skillfully re-imagined classic songs including a cover of the Doobie Brothers classic track “What A Fool Believes” featuring saxophone virtuoso Dave Koz, and a heartfelt version of Michael Jackson’s “Gone Too Soon,” a dedication to their late founding group member, Canadian singer/actor Denis Simpson.

For The Nylons Skin Tight is definitive proof that the show doesn’t just go on, but gets better over time, and they are poised to deliver stellar performances for years to come!

Tickets for The Nylons are available at The Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at

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