"It takes a rare skill to be very silly, thoughtful, and sing in perfect harmony, but the Spooky Men’s Chorale manage to achieve just that." - Robin Denselow, The Guardian (2015)​

Artistic Director Stephen Taberner plus 11-13 singers

The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam-powered and black-clad behemoth, capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect boofchord, the Spooky Men seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats, and a twinkle in the eye. 

Formed in the Blue Mountains of NSW in 2001 by Christchurch-born Spookmeister Stephen Taberner, the Spooky Men have since performed over 750 gigs in diverse festivals and venues across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and in Germany and Denmark, including Woodford, WOMAD (Adelaide and NZ), Edinburgh Fringe, and Tonder (Denmark). 

Through an evening of drop deadpan beautiful mansinging, the Spooky Men’s Chorale ponder the conundrums of modern life and manhood, invite the audience to joyously experience a wall of mansound, laugh stupidly, and venture into areas of great tenderness. It is not so much comedic as hilarious, not so much shimmeringly perfect as pleasingly and deeply human.

Program

The Spooky Men’s Chorale sing 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.” 

The program typically includes a selection of original works and arrangements by Stephen Taberner, Georgian and other folk songs, and covers of well known and less well known pop songs.

Format: 120 minutes including 25 minute interval

 

Technical Specification

Please download The Spooky Men's Chorale technical specifications here

Workshops

The Spooky Men's Chorale offers participatory musical experiences that are 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. He can work with you to shape a workshop suitable for your participants. 


Some other ideas that may work in your community are:
- Workshops with choirs of any size and level of experience (2-3hr as needed) 
- Pub Sing – Singing at the pub - singing is involved but beer may be too (1.5h-2hr) 
- Flash Mob Choir – a call out to gather as many people to sing as desired, even if they haven’t met or sung together before (2hr)

Availability

March and May 2022


Book Artist

Travel to centres in regional NSW is subsidised through the support of Create NSW. Musica Viva can book the artists, arrange all travel and accommodation, provide posters, flyers and program information.
If you are interested in bringing an ensemble to your town or city, please contact:

Sean Moloney

Manager, Special Projects & Regional Touring

smoloney@musicaviva.com.au