Spooky Men’s Chorale
As thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks, the Spooky Men’s Chorale are the gift that keeps on giving. They emerged blithering and blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW in 2001, and armed with no more than their voices, a nice line in dead pan and anill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully disturbing audiences everywhere since. Formed by NZ-born spook meister Stephen Taberner, the Spooky Men soon attracted attention with a judicious combination of Georgian table songs, pin drop beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and a swag of original songs which seek to both celebrate the “boof” and mock it. The Spooky Men’s CV includes nine tours of the UK, six CDs, sell-out shows at theatrical venues like the Melbourne Recital Centre, and festival appearances too numerous to mention. They will delicately garnish their much-loved back-catalogue with new incursions into beauty and stupidity, somewhat like a chocolate muffin with bits of chocolate in it. You must see them, really you must.
‘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