The Men of the West appeared at the Denmark Festival of Voice and presented for the delight and puzzlement of audiences a variety of acapella songs ranging from the haunting beauty of ancient Georgian table singing to original songs of the quotidian rituals and trials of being a man in today’s world. Our aim was to extend expectations of a men’s choral group. Apparently it was reported that we were ‘gentle and sad, even sweet, but also powerful and unmistakeably male’. So perhaps we succeeded. See some photos here.
Sessions: Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June
Sat 11:45am RSL Hall (Sing Like a Bloke workshop)
Sat 3:30pm St Leonards (Georgian songs)
Sun 8pm Civic Centre
Sun 10:15pm Festival Club
Surprising double bill!!!
Friday, 27 May 2016
St Paul’s Church Hall
164 Hampton Road, Beaconsfield
6:45pm ENTRY FREE. The splendid Men of the West will perform a unique concert solely of traditional songs from Georgia in the magnificent acoustics of St Paul’s Church. They will sing laments of courage, danger and loneliness. Just 45 minutes of aural intrigue.
Immediately followed at 7:30pm by Trevor Robertson speaking about his Arctic/Antarctic Adventures in a one-hour talk. Trevor will tell of courage, danger and loneliness. And Frostbite. Entry $10/$8 includes refreshments.
The Spooky Men of the West are now the Men of the West. Yes, we have changed our name. The reasons are too mysterious to explain, although if you happen to see a Man of the West and ask him nicely, he may whisper something into your shell-like ear. But don’t believe anything he says. The “act” will continue with elements of old and new as it would have done in the normal course of evolution. The Men are still individually and collectively as spooky as they were before. There is one thing that absolutely has not changed – we are definitely Not a Men’s Group!
From the review by Annie Teh published in The West Australian, February 19, 2016.
“… the Spooky Men of the West have proved once again why they are beloved by their fans in WA. Delivering unique and gut-splitting lyrics with a straight face and brilliant acting, the group are a great example of home-grown talent with an indisputable track record of making you laugh. Man-laugh while riding a horse and chasing a mastodon, that is …”