In the fall of 1996 five freshmen members of the Notre Dame Glee Club, inspired to provide a cappella music to the masses, banded together, roped in a senior member, combined their singing abilities, and formed a group that bore the name, "Five Freshman and a Guy Named Kirk." From these simple beginnings were born the Undertones. Fun fact: one of the group's founding members, Patrick Quigley, now is the director of Seraphic Fire, a two-time Grammy-nominated chamber choir. Go, Patrick!
Now composed of twelve members, the Undertones are the University of Notre Dame's premier male a cappella group. We tour both nationally and internationally, our most recent tour stop being Spain, where we toured with the Glee Club along El Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route dating back to the 12th century. We perform in a variety of venues to various audiences, whether it be in the fourteen female dorms to the freshmen ladies during Frosh-O week or during home football weekends under the Law School Arch to throngs of students and visitors alike. Our most anticipated (and favorite) concerts of the year are our Christmas and Spring concerts, both in Washington Hall, Notre Dame's oldest performance venue.
Our repertoire includes chart toppers of decades past to those of today. Our arrangements range from full-bodied choral pieces that reflect our Glee Club roots to powerful and energetic solo-driven songs. We even like to throw in some dubstep every now and then. We have released eight albums and our work has been featured on the annual Best of College A Cappella album. Our newest album, Scenic Route, was released in the spring of 2013 and features the majority of our current members.
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