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The Spooky Men’s Chorale are back in the UK for 2017 tour

May 30, 2017

Australia’s weird and wonderful black-clad choristers are gearing up for another biennial blast round Britain.

Following triumphant UK tours in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015, they are busy packing multifarious hats in their native New South Wales, ready to whisk themselves away from the eucalyptus-infused Blue Mountains for a whistle-stop run of nearly 30 performances in England, Scotland and Wales – a veritable bounty of big summer festivals, wondrous workshops, and even a top secret Mystery Gig!

There will be first time appearances at WOMAD, Ely Folk Festival and London’s King’s Place, welcome returns to Warwick, Wickham and Sidmouth festivals and performances at iconic venues including Liverpool Philharmonic, Sage, Gateshead and Cardiff’s St David’s Hall.

In their 17 th year and with five studio albums to their name this is a line-up that totally warrants the term ‘unique’. Describing themselves as “equal parts monk, Visigoth and village idiot” they are not afraid to send up the stereotypical male to side-splitting effect. Says Spookmeister (and sole Kiwi) Stephen Taberner (he of the deerstalker hat): “The chorale attempts to explore the paradoxes of latter day masculinity with unbridled enthusiasm, a pleasing array of deep harmonies and a gentle wink towards posterity. We’re trying to master the impossible art of being both musically immaculate and blitheringly stupid.”

Hotfoot from their most ambitious Australian tour to date, the mighty 15-strong line-up’s UK show will run the bizarre gamut of surfing, gluttony, tools, mastodons, Bee Gees, body parts and how to scare off hostile neighbouring tribes – songs from their album The Spooky Man in History and the back catalogue but also from their snug latest CD Warm – an unadulterated album of shiver-down-the-spine Georgian songs.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale UK tour 2017

07/07/2017         Sheldonian Theatre  OXFORD

08/07/2017         Ely Folk Festival ELY

10/07/2017         The Apex  BURY-ST-EDMUNDS

11/07/2017         Subscription Rooms  STROUD

12/07/2017         St David’s Hall    CARDIFF

13/07/2017         Philharmonic Hall  LIVERPOOL

14/07/2017         Town Hall  BIRMINGHAM

14/07/2017         St. Mary’s Church  NOTTINGHAM

16/07/2017         The Met  BURY

18/07/2017         Sage  GATESHEAD

19/07/2017         La Belle Angele EDINBURGH

20/07/2017         Town Hall CASTLE DOUGLAS


21/07/2017         Victoria Hall   SETTLE

22/07/2017         Town Hall KENDAL

23/07/2017         The Paramount  PENISTONE

25/07/2017         Arts Centre   SALISBURY

26/07/2017         Colston Hall BRISTOL

27/07/2017         The Stables Theatre  WAVENDON

28/07/2017         Warwick Folk Festival    WARWICK

30/07/2017         WOMAD  MALMESBURY 5

01/08/2017         Theatre Royal   MARGATE

02/08/2017         MYSTERY GIG!

03/08/2017         Kings Place  LONDON

04/08/2017         Wickham Festival, Hants WICKHAM

05/08/2017         Sidmouth Folk Week  SIDMOUTH

26/08/2017         Towersey Festival  THAME

30/08/2017         Corn Exchange  DORCHESTER

31/08/2017         Royal Hippodrome Theatre   EASTBOURNE

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