The Spookymen’s Chorale, Masonic Hall, East Ascent, Monday, August 8, 7.30pm, £14

The Spookymen
The Spookymen

AUSSIE folk chorale The Spookymen return to Sussex next month, and have set a date for St Leonards in their whistle-stop tour.

The 20-strong band of singers, most of whom hail from Australia’s Blue Mountains, previously visited 1066 Country in 2009, when they sold out their gig in the De La Warr Pavilion as part of the Bexhill Festival of Music.

Now, in between a run of folk festivals, they bring their peculiar brand of gospel-folk to St Leonards, along with their Sing Like a Bloke workshop for youngsters.

The group, who blend theatre with their music, send up masculine themes of practical competence (their first album was titled Tooled Up), while pulling off startlingly beautiful choral harmonies.

The workshop, designed for all ages, regardless of gender, runs from 4-5.30pm in the hall. Costing £6 (concert and workshop are available for £18), it is lead by Spookyman chieftan Stephen Taberner, who will help youngsters get in touch with their inner 22 stone tribal chieftain, teach them how to sob like a man, and explain why Georgians hardly open their mouths when they sing.

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Tickets also available on the door.