The Spooky Men's Chorale return to New Zealand
Armed only with their voices, a sly collection of
hats and facial hair,
THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE
ANNOUNCES THEIR SECOND NEW ZEALAND TOUR!
AUCKLAND / HAMILTON / NEW PLYMOUTH
PALMERSTON NORTH / WELLINGTON / MOTUEKA
HANMER SPRINGS AND CHRISTCHURCH
“Highly theatrical, they veer
from weird to touching and back again.
Grown-up entertainment in the best, most infantile way.
Don’t miss an opportunity to see them”
DAILY TELEGRAPH, UK
Darlings of the folk festival circuit, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, are coming back to New Zealand for the first time since 2012 after amazing audiences with their genre-bending acapella at festivals and shows worldwide.
In March, the half serious men’s choir and half choral pranksters will tour from Auckland to Christchurch and everywhere in between taking their captivating combination of Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour, and eye-moistening tenderness to kiwi stages.
Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord (a chord you’ll only know once you hear it), the Spooky Men use their voices, a twinkle in the eye, and 15 really good hats to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male.
Musical Director, Founder, and Spookermeister-in-Chief, Stephen Taberner, is Christchurch-born and looking forward to bringing the laughter, tears, and merriment to New Zealand again: “We’re kind of aiming to be boofy enough to take over a pub, stupid enough for a comedy festival, and reverent and beautiful enough to evoke tears….but I guess the audience has to be the best judge of whether we succeed…”
Each show promises to be a dizzying cornucopia of musical adventures, all in the name of both ennobling and ridiculing the paradoxes of man-ness.
Their catalogue, which began in 2001 with a simple combination of Georgian table songs, immaculate ballads and tawdry anthems like “Don't stand between a man and his tool”, has since expanded to include sly and witty commentary on their own favourite body parts and a mock Sufi ode to the BeeGees. New Zealanders also might recognize “Spooky Theme Song” from the Speight’s Summit ‘Man Like Natural’ ad.
In their 18th year, and with six studio albums under their belt, the Spookies are a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad vocal behemoth. From disco to dervish; from renaissance to rock ‘n’ roll; from gospel to goodness knows what; the Spooky Men’s Chorale will take New Zealand on a song-filled rollercoaster ride of fun for the whole family!
THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE NEW ZEALAND TOUR MARCH 2018
WOMAD, Coronation Ave
Saturday 17 March
The Globe Theatre, 312 Main St
Tuesday 20 March, 7.30pm
BOOKINGS: www.globetheatre.co.nz or (06) 351 4409