The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad behemoth. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling 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 facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye. The audience is invited to first joyously experience a wall of mansound, then laugh stupidly, then venture into areas of great tenderness. It is ideally not so much comedic as hilarious, not so much shimmeringly perfect as pleasingly and deeply human.
Formed in the Blue Mountains in 2001 by Christchurch-born spookmeister Stephen Taberner, the Spooky Men rose to prominence at the 2004 National Folk Festival in Canberra with 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.” Their 750+ gigs since have included WOMAD, The Great Escape Festival, the Woodford, Cobargo, Port Fairy, Blue Mountains and Bellingen festivals. They’ve appeared on Spicks and Specks, The Mix and The New Inventors, performed live on ABC radio many times and have earned great international acclaim on six UK tours and at major festivals including Edinburgh Fringe, Cambridge and Tonder (Denmark) and WOMAD New Zealand.
The best of Sundays, Supper and Song. Featuring voice and vocalists, the new Prelude Supper Series concerts are followed by a wine and cheese supper and a chance for a chat with the artists.