Spooky Men’s Chorale: The men who gave ABBA a hilarious twist

Drive 09/03/2018

Imagine a peppy ABBA tune meeting 14 rumbling male voices. Then add a pinch of comedy – perhaps even some funky hats.

That’s exactly how one could describe the Spooky Men’s Chorale.

Hailing from the Blue Mountains in NSW, the Spooky Men’s Chorale consists of 12 to 16 male singers who’ve become a staple at folk festivals around the world.

Director Stephen Taberner and members Chris Klein and James Sills join Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen in the Drive studio on the first day of their two-week tour around New Zealand.

The group's director, or “spookmeister” Stephen Taberner, started the group in 2001 by calling up men he knew who could sing. He then taught the men three songs, and asked them to perform wearing black and an interesting hat. 

Watch the full video with Spooky Men's Chorale above. 

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