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The Spooky Men On Tour

July 23, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

The Spooky Men are coming your way. Be afraid, be entertained, excited, confused… and delighted!

As thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks, the Spooky Men’s Chorale are the gift that keeps on giving. Their latest, biggest adventure is an 11-city national tour beginning in Hobart 24 June and finishing in Goulburn 6 August. In-between there will a whole lot of mischief.

The Spookies emerged blithering and blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW in 2001 and armed with no more than their voices, a nice line in deadpan and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully disturbing audiences everywhere since.

Formed by NZ-born spookmeister Stephen Taberner, the Spooky Men soon attracted attention with a judicious combination of Georgian table songs, pindrop beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and a swag of original songs which seek to both celebrate the “boof” and mock it.

The Spooky Men’s CV includes nine tours of the UK, six CDs, sell-out shows at theatrical venues like the Melbourne Recital Centre and festival appearances too numerous to mention. Faced with a mid-life crisis, they chose not to become a tribute band to themselves, but instead find ever fresher, deeper, more ludicrous perspectives, such as those found in their latest album Welcome to the Second Half.

In 2022, they responded to an ever changing world by adding a Ukrainian section to the set, one song of which has gone viral within Ukraine and a stunning, rabble-rousing rendition of Yothu Yindi’s “Treaty”.

Renowned for a combination of Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour and eye-moistening tenderness, the Spookies in middle age are fortified with a new generation of wunderkinds and are more masters of their territory than ever before. They will delicately garnish their much loved black-catalogue with new incursions into beauty and stupidity, somewhat like a chocolate muffin with bits of chocolate in it.


THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE NATIONAL TOUR 2023: Saturday 24 June 7.30pm   HOBART, Hobart Town Hall / Sunday 25 June 3pm  LAUNCESTON, Longford Town Hall/ Thursday 29 June 7.30pm SPRINGWOOD, Blue Mountains Theatre/ Saturday 8 July 7.30pm BRISBANE, Old Museum/ Saturday 22 July 7.30pm SYDNEY , Seymour Centre/ Sunday 23 July 3pm/ WOLLONGONG, IMB Theatre/ Thursday 27 July 7.30pm   BALLARAT, Trades Hall/ Friday 28 July 7.30pm  MELBOURNE, Melbourne Recital Centre /Sunday 30 July 7.30pm  ADELAIDE, Adelaide Town Hall/ Saturday 5 August 7.30pm CANBERRA, Llewellyn Hall / Sunday 6 August 3pm GOULBURN, Hume Conservatorium


Seymour Centre
Cnr City Road and Cleveland Street
Chippendale, NSW 2008 Australia
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