Men singing songs. Some of them are funny.
The Spooky Men’s Chorale emerged blithering and blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW seventeen years ago, armed with no more than their voices, a nice line in deadpan and an ill-matched set of hats.
In live performance, the Spooky Men draw on a combination of musical and theatrical values including Georgian male polyphony, a running joke on man as a vast, oblivious useless object, whispers of clown, bouffon and Monty Python, and forays into massively pleasurable grunting tribalism. The audience are invited to first joyously experience a wall of mansound, then laugh stupidly, then venture into areas of great tenderness. It is not so much comedic as hilarious, not so much shimmeringly perfect as pleasingly and deeply human.
The Spookies in middle age, with five albums under their belt, are more masters of their territory than ever before. They will delicately garnish their much loved black-catalogue with further incursions into beauty and stupidity, somewhat like a chocolate muffin with bits of chocolate in it. You must see them, really you must.
- Venue Format
- Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
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- Touring Party
Formed in the Blue Mountains of NSW in 2001 by Christchurch-born ‘spookmeister’ Stephen Taberner, the Spooky Men Chorale perform a judicious combination of Georgian table songs, pindrop beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and immaculate man anthems like ‘Don’t stand between a man and his tool’, all of which amount to a manifesto for the new breed of man: happily suspended between thug and wimp; not so much comedic as hilarious, not so much shimmeringly perfect as pleasingly and deeply human. The group attracted wider attention at the National Folk Festival in 2004, which led to the first of six tours to the UK in 2006. Standout appearances since have included (in Australia) WOMADelaide, The Great Escape, Woodford, Cobargo, Port Fairy, Blue Mountains and Bellingen festivals. ABC TV appearances include The Mix, Spicks and Specks, and The New Inventors Grand Final. In the UK/Europe they have appeared at major festivals including Tonder (Denmark), Malmo (Sweden), Cambridge, and Edinburgh Fringe. Theatrical venues have included Union Chapel (London), St David’s Hall (Cardiff), The Philharmonic (Liverpool), Colston Hall (Bristol), the Sheldonian (Oxford) and Sage Gateshead. The Spooky Men have recorded six CDs: Tooled Up (2004), Stop Scratching It (2007), Deep (2009), Big (2011), The Spooky Man in History (2013), and Warm (2015).
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Unique Selling Point
The Spooky Men's Chorale is funny, poignant, and relevant, with proven box office success and critical acclaim. The show's humour attracts broad audiences, but the beauty of the singing, and the deeply humanistic depiction of masculinity, offers an experience that is both hugely entertaining, and surprisingly profound.
Tour and venue marketing will be supported by professionally designed print material templates, high quality promo clips and performance footage, diverse high res images, large facebook (<10k) and instagram following, large national mailing list (<6k), comprehensive website and a paid publicist.
The Spooky Men's Chorale offers a unique opportunity to engage your community in a participatory musical experience that is genuinely open to all. The concert itself is an active experience with audience invited at various times to stand, dance, sing and certainly cheer and grunt (or sit quietly if preferred!).
Artistic Director Stephen Taberner is very experienced in leading workshops for choirs of all shapes and sizes; from a small group of committed choristers to flash mob choirs of up to 6,000 people who have come together for the first time to sing a song. The group can work with you to create the most viable, enjoyable and successful experience for your community, such as workshops for :
- Choir leaders
- High school students
- Local choir/s
- Your whole town
The workshops can be tailored to enable to participants to get the most value and enjoyment from their experience – whether it is school students, experienced singers or community members that may not ever have sung publicly.
Please see the Presenter Pack for more information and video links.