Beery bass baritones
U 8.117-19: She used to say Ben Dollard had a base barreltone voice. He has legs like barrels and you'd think he was singing into a barrel. Now, isn't that wit.
U 8.121-2: Powerful man he was at stowing away number one Bass. Barrel of Bass. See? It all works out.
And slightly earlier, from Yankee-Notions (1859, no. 1, vol. 8, p. 303), where the caption reads: "Herr Wigge the great German (beer) barrel tone, charming the lungs of his Teutonic brethren with the song of "Was is dos Deitchers Vaterland".
Joyce himself tested out the wordplay on his brother Stanislaus in a letter of 8 November 1909: "How is your barreltone tenor getting on?"
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