Spooky men will haunt us

SPOOKY FUN: The Spooky Men’s Chorale are bringing their ‘haunting’ music to the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium this Saturday, February 17.
SPOOKY FUN: The Spooky Men’s Chorale are bringing their ‘haunting’ music to the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium this Saturday, February 17.

The celebrated male vocal group –  The Spooky Men’s Chorale are bringing their ‘haunting’ music to the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium this Saturday, February 17. 

The first thing one notices from their photo is that there appears to be a lot of them!

The Spooky Men’s Chorale was formed in the Blue Mountains in 2001, by Christchurch-born spookmeister Stephen Taberner.

Since then,  the Spooky Men soon have attracted attention with their combination of Georgian table songs, beautiful ballads, inappropriate covers, and man anthems like “Don’t stand between a man and his tool.”

“It has all amounted to a manifesto for the new breed of man: happily suspended between thug and wimp,” a spokesperson for the band said. 

They also said: “The audience are invited to first joyously endure a wall of mansound, then laugh stupidly, then venture into areas of great tenderness.”

It all sounds like it might be great fun and quite irreverent. 

There is something also profound and engaging about just hearing a collection of human voices, unadorned with musical accompaniment.

The Spooky Men first attracted wider attention at the National Folk Festival in Canberra, in 2004, which led to appearances at Woodford Festival and the first of six tours to the UK in 2006.

They have recorded six CDs: Tooled Up (2004), Stop Scratching It (2007), Deep (2009), Big (2011), The Spooky Man in History (2013) and Warm (2015).

As a part of the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium’s (GRC) visiting artists and education programs for 2018, the Spooky Men will perform at the GRC’s Old Ceramics Room ON Saturday February 17, from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost $40 (Adult), $30 (Concession/Member), $20 (Child) and are available via the GRC on 4821 8833 or from: https://www.trybooking.com/TSLR. 

A workshop suitable for all vocalists and theatrical performers is also being held at the GRC at 2pm on Saturday, which they promise to be “nothing short of shockingly educative and rewarding.”