Accredited Agent for the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers in the USA. Bringing Barbershop Harmony to Ireland since 1989.
Leo Larivee, President of TLC Tours
Bringing Barbershop Harmony to Ireland since 1989
Leo Larivee, President of The Larivee Company Tours, Inc. (TLC Tours) has been bringing barbershop quartets and choruses to Ireland since 1989. The Sound Assembly Chorus (Wellesley, MA Chapter SPEBSQSA), directed by Leo, was featured at the first Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention held in Birr, County Offaly, Ireland in August 1989. The chorus returned to Ireland in 1991 as the featured guest at the third IABS Convention held in Limerick. For more than a quarter-century, Leo has built a long-term relationship with the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers. He has coached many quartets and chorus through the years and also sponsored other well-known coaches to share their expertise with members of the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers.
In March 2001, TLC Tours organized the "Tralee" Festival held at the Brandon Hotel and the Siamsa Tire Theatre (National Folk Theatre of Ireland) in Tralee, Co. Kerry. TLC The primary sponsor was TLX Tours along with the Brandon Hotel, Brian Moore International Tours, and Shannon Development Corporation in cooperation with The Kerry School of Music and the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers. In 2003, the name changed, and the new "Kerry" Festival drew more than 200 Barbershoppers/families/friends from all over the world participated. Affiliates included members of the following organizations: SPEBSQSA/BHS, SAI, HI, LABBS, BABS, Holland Harmony, DABS, and SNOBS.
Our Irish "Convention-al" tour includes singing and sight-seeing around Ireland plus attendance at the annual IABS Convention (usually held on the first full weekend in October). Both offer perfect opportunities for American Choruses and Quartets to perform throughout Ireland. American quartets and choruses (male and female) are eligible to compete in the Irish international competition. Mixed Quartets and a special Show/Contest based on "Entertainment" value alone are also available.
Our "Harmony Passport" tour is a customized Itinerary based on the individual needs of EACH particular chorus regardless competition status. Travel is available any time of year.
TLC Tours along with Travel Ex and Ed Pio/Jerry Orloff served the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA) as "Official Harmony Travel Partners" until the Society relocated their Headquarters to Nashville, TN,
TLC Tours served as the "Official Travel Agency of the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers" for several years and today our proper designation is "Accredited Agent for the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers in the USA.
For more information call Leo Larivee [toll-free] at 1-888-609-2930 or email Leo@TLCTOurs.com. Visit the TLC Tours website at TLCTours.com.
Leo's Barbershop Experience
MEMBER: SPEBSQSA (since 1966) MHBQA (since 2006) IABS (since 1989) First Honorary Life Member
Webmaster AISQC.com Association of International Seniors Quartet Champions
Primary Event Organizer Kerry Festival - Barbershop Music Festival Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland
July 4th Barbershop Harmony Festival Marketplace Center (Faneuil Hall) Boston
Awards NED Barbershopper of Distinction 1989 Barbershopper of the Year , Framingham, MA Chapter Barbershopper of the Year, Wellesley, MA Chapter Men-of-Note: 29 NED Bulletin Editor of the Year: 1970, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995
PROBE International Bulletin of the Year Contest: 2nd Place Winner: 1971, 1990, 1993, 1995, and 1996.
Past President: Framingham, MA Chapter Wellesley, MA Chapter Medway, MA Chapter
Founder: Wellesley, MA Chapter SPEBSQSA Medway, MA Chapter SPEBSQSA Main Street USA Chorus, Medway, MA
Musical Director (1969-Present)
Gateway Guardsmen Chorus Framingham, MA SPEBSQSA
Framingham Sweet Adelines Chorus Framingham, MA
Bay Statesmen Chorus Canton, MA SPEBSQSA
Border Chorders Chorus El Paso, Texas SPEBSQSA
West Tip o' Texas Chorus El Paso, Texas SAI
South Shore Men of Song Chorus Scituate, MA SPEBSQSA
Sound Assembly Chorus Wellesley, MA SPEBSQSA
Voices in Harmony Chorus Medway, MA SPEBSQSA
A Classic Sound Chorus Easton, MA Harmony, Inc.
Main Street USA Chorus Medway, MA Traditional Barbershop Harmony Chorus
TLC TOURS TEAM: Dave Powers, Bob Coant, Chuck Wert, Bob Beaver, Leo Larivee, and Gary McBride
TLC Tours booth at International Convention in Montreal. L-R: Dave Powers, Leo Larivee and Bob Coant
Memorable Performances as Chorus Director
USA Faneuil Hall, Boston
Foxboro Stadium, New England Patriots (Every home game for three years)
Fenway Park, Boston, Boston Red Sox (Twice)
Walt Disney World, in the Rotunda of the American Pavilion, EPCOT Center, Orlando, FL (Twice)
World Trade Center, Boston, Johnny Most (Voice of the Boston Celtics) Final Tribute
Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour Ed Sullivan Theatre, NY The only group ever to get an encore.
IRELAND Mansion House, Dublin for Lord Mayor of Dublin
St. John's Castle, Limerick Command performance for Charles Haughey, Prime Minister of Ireland
Limerick 300 Treaty Featured entertainers at the re-enactment of the "Broken Treaty" in Limerick 1991.
Birr Castle, Birr, County Offaly Opening Ceremonies of the first IABS Convention
"The Friary" in Killarney Sunday morning Mass
National Flower Festival St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick, Ireland
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
The Laurel's Singing Pub in Killarney
The First Irish Association of Barbershop Singers (IABS) Convention, Marian Hall, Birr, Co. Offaly
The Third Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention (IABS) held in Limerick
Concert at the Glen of Aherlow, Aherlow Hotel in Tipperary Town
ENGLAND Concert at York Minster, York,
Concert at St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Performance in Trafalgar Square, London
Performance in the Chapel of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill
Concert at Covent Gardens, London
SCOTLAND Concert at St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
Performance at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh
WALES Performance at Tintern Abbey, Tintern, Wales
Photo credits on this website: Gary McBride, Bob Coant, Cindy Spinden, Leo Larivee, Beverly Miller, Bob Beaver, Paul Malley, Sharon Taylor, Margie Colbert, Alan Gaughf, Tracy Coyle, Jerry Schmidt, Jim and Judy Clancy, Jerry and Kim Orloff, Ed Reiss, Theresa Larivee, Bill Beal, and Amanda Stevens. Also, the many other TLC Tours' travelers who have graciously shared their photos with us, over the years. Original logo design artwork by Cindy Sielen. Background music "Danny Boy": Gary Lewis. Special "Happy Birthday" song: Main Street
a Special "Happy Birthday" from Main Street
"Making Memories That Will Last You a Lifetime!" Barbershop Tours to Ireland Call Leo Larivee at TLC Tours: 1-888-609-2930
The Larivee Company Tours, Inc.
142 Winthrop Street, Medway, Massachusetts 02053 • Phone: (508) 533-6255 • Toll Free: (888) 609-2930 • TLCTours.com • Leo@TLCTours.com