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The Spooky Men’s Chorale

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.

They 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.

Always renowned for a combination of Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour and eye-moistening tenderness, the Spookies in middle age, and fortified with a new generation of wunderkids, 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. You must see them, really you must.

“Inspired – and a triumph of choreography! Catch them on the road – a fantastic night out is guaranteed!”
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

“High camp, epic folly – probably the best programming choice of the entire summer festival circuit”
The Irish Times

“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

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    We're delighted to announce that 16-times GRAMMY Award winner Jerry Douglas, one of the world's finest dobro & lap steel guitar players, will be at this year's Wickham Music Festival on Sat. 3rd Aug. Day & Weekend tickets selling fast! www.wickhamfestival.co.uk/tickets
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    He's played & recorded with Paul Simon; Eric Clapton; James Taylor; Alison Krauss; Elvis Costello and The Transatlantic Sessions. You can read about this remarkable musician here: jerrydouglas.com/bio/

    Fabulous news. We look forward to hearing him. We’d have also liked to see award winning blues guitarist Dom Martin in the lineup. Hopefully one year.

    You really have to see this guy,along with the other musicians he will be bringing along...World Class stuff....

    Never heard of them but now I will get a chance to hear just what has made them a 16 times Grammy winner. Cool. 😎

    I have 4x tickets for sale

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    Newly confirmed. Widely regarded as one of the world's finest exponents of Scottish Harp (clarsach) Rachel Hair accompanied by guitarist Ron Jappy will play Wickham Friday 2nd August joining @Suzi_Quatro @SethLakemanNews Day & weekend tickets now onsale http://www.wickhamfestival.co.uk

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    Change-of-date. 17-year-old Irish country blues sensation Muireann Bradley will now appear on Friday 2nd Aug. instead of Sunday 4th Aug. Anyone wishing to change day tickets please email eastfest@talk21.com

    Top Scottish Celtic-rock bands @ManranOfficial @RURAband award-winning singer-songwriters @KatherinePriddy @jimmoray shanty singers @TheLongestJohns & 17-year-old Irish country blues singer Muireann Bradley are among the latest artists confirmed for this year's #WickhamFestival.

    Newly confirmed. We're delighted to announce that Gaelic celtic-rock supergroup Manran will be at Wickham on Sunday 4th Aug. Day & weekend tickets selling fast
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    Nice feature on #wickhamfestival on @SGFolkClub1 Listen at 36 mins 50 seconds... but there is some great music if you tune in to the whole show!

    Pleased to announce The Spooky Mens Chorale will be back at Wickham this summer on Friday 2nd August. For full confirmed daily line-up so far + tickets please see http://www.wickhamfestival.co.uk