Men singing songs. Some of them are funny.
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.
The Spooky Men’s Chorale sing a judicious combination of Georgian table songs, pin drop beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and immaculate man anthems like “Don’t stand between a man and his tool.”
“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)
Through this drop deadpan beautiful mansinging, the Spooky Men invite the audience to ponder the conundrums of modern life and manhood, 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.
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).