“..it’s this mix of deep thinking, complete comedy chaos and underlying marvellous musicality which makes the Chorale such stars.”
Ennobled by improbable facial hair, burdened by a vast, lovable incomprehension, and dignified with cavernous vocal chords, The Spooky Men's Chorale employs a devastating combination of beauty and stupidity to comment on the unsolvable paradoxes of being a man.
With diverse repertoire ranging from Georgian table songs to immaculate ballads, vaudevillian nonsense and a mock Sufi ode to the Bee Gees, they have built a reputation for highly amusing and entertaining performances built on a solid musical base, under the leadership of Stephen Taberner.
Arising from the Blue Mountains in NSW, the Spooky Men have been gleefully smashing up and reassembling the world of men's singing since 2001. Standout Australian appearances have been at Woodford Festival, The National Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Festival, Port Fairy Festival, and Hobart Festival of Voices. They have featured on ABC TV in Spicks and Specks and The New Inventors, and live on ABC radio many times.
Internationally they have they have enjoyed great acclaim during 6 UK tours giving 170 performances to 80,000 people at music festivals (Cambridge, Shrewsbury, Sidmouth), theatrical venues (London Union Chapel, Liverpool Philharmonic, Cardiff St David's Hall), and local concerts. They have also appeared at Tonder Festival in Denmark and Malmo Festival in Sweden. In 2012, they toured New Zealand, appearing at the Otago Festival.
This is a very flexible production with minimal technical requirements so will suit a wide range of venues. The show has proved to have a wide appeal, for example amongst men who aspire towards "spookiness", women who'd like their men to be more like that, and kids who find the whole thing very amusing. The “How to be Spooky” workshop enables the group to interact with audiences more deeply. The Spooky Men’s Chorale has recently performed for a couple of high schools whose students find the man wall of sound particularly compelling.
Workshop – How to be Spooky
Stephen Taberner and his trusted bunch of henchmen from the Spooky Men’s Chorale share secrets from the spooky lexicon, including how to get in contact with your inner chieftain, the 4 states of spookiness, and how to sob like a man. Audience members are free to either witness the whole experience or become guinea pigs in a grandiose experiment where they may get to learn a huge male ditty or two, and learn to grunt properly Also, there will be the chance to conduct the spooky men as we show you how to achieve both ridiculousness and beauty on stage. Oh, yes, and we might sing you a song or two as well!
Available February to April 2017.