Be very afraid. Australia’s notorious Spooky Men’s Chorale returns to the UK for one more tilt at the windmill of impossible masculine musico-foolishness!
“High camp, epic folly- probably the best programming choice of the entire summer festival circuit’-The Irish Times
“Highly theatrical, they veer from weird to touching and back again. Grown up entertainment in the best, most infantile way. Don’t miss an opportunity to see them” – Daily Telegraph
“It IS spooky. You’re listening to what sounds like archangels singing ethereal harmonies. But it’s a bunch of boofy men from the Blue Mountains, with a wise guy out front wearing a furry deerstalker hat” – Brisbane Courier Mail
Wave goodbye to choirs as you know them. This one is a macho juggernaut – zany, black-clad, big as a behemoth and show-stoppingly good. Sounding as sacred as a high church choir one minute; as stupid as a raft of drunken Kazahkstani butchers the next. And it’s massaging its awesome antipodean vocal chords right now for a fourth fine-tuned foray to the UK – so stand by for a truly spooky summer!
Following triumphant UK tours in 2006, 2007 and 2009, The Spooky Men’s Chorale packed their bags in their native New South Wales and whisked themselves away from the eucalyptus-infused Blue Mountains for a whistle-stop run of nearly 40 gigs in England, Scotland and Wales.
Compellingly comic they may be but make no mistake, this is a class act. Not only can they sing like angels; they also maintain an impressive deadpan grandeur amidst the mayhem of their madcap humour. Who says men can’t multi-task?! See them in action at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvCFIposH_g
The Spookies were formed by Melbourne-based Taberner in Sydney in 2001, inspired by the great Georgian choirs. A festival organiser’s dream, they are busy wowing UK festival audiences at Cambridge, Warwick, Towersey, Wickham and Sidmouth Folk Week with numerous interwoven one night gigs the length and breadth of the country.
A highlight of their 2009 tour was at Shrewsbury Folk Festival when they joined forces with award-winning English roots act Show of Hands for “a folk song from Yorkshire" .
Human League’s Don’t You Want Me (!) – an unlikely pairing that brought the house down whilst in a Sidmouth pub they tangled vocal chords with hot property Cornish shanty choir Fisherman’s Friends.
With a sound variously described as “sexy, powerful., impossibly gentle and sad but unmistakably male” and “ as warm as toast and as grainy as teak” , their repertoire ranges from Georgian drinking songs to whisper perfect ballads and a string of improbable original hits like Don’t Stand Between a Man and his Tool and Stop Scratching It… They also offer hilarious, elephantine retreatments of classics like Earth, Wind & Fire’s Boogie Wonderland and the funniest version of Abba’s Dancing Queen you are likely to witness. www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNrAgbzMXOI&feature=related
Swindon Arts Centre
Monday September 5