The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Colston Hall, Bristol

ALL the way from Oz, the Spooky Men are back on a tour of the UK, bringing their unrivalled brand of pointless grandeur and epic folly to the masses.

Word had travelled far of their mastery of complex harmony coupled with inspired lunacy, and I made the trip to Bristol with eager anticipation.

Both hall and stage took on 50 shades of black, with men (women and children, too) clad in black from head to toe: it could have been funereal, but it merely added to the sense that we were about to witness something completely different.

And once they’d taken to the stage, the 16 Spooky Men showed they really can sing, with Georgian-style five-part harmony a speciality, so there was a unique mix of sublime music alongside songs about tools, body parts, food and men’s groups.

My favourites were a brilliant homage to the Bee Gees and a spell-binding rendition of Crossing the Bar – worlds apart but both crowd-pleasers in their different ways.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale will be playing Stroud Sub Rooms on Friday, September 4: if you haven’t seen this class act before, don’t miss them – you won’t regret it.

Jane Leigh