THE Manchoir is a macho-looking group of men that sing a Capella, normally with blue singlets and jeans on, and a stubby in their hand.
They don the 'tradie' look.
Famous for their success in corporate functions and private parties, we spoke manager and founder Liam Nesbitt ahead of their Splendour appearances.
How did Manchoir start?
It started out as an a social thing really, a bunch of guys who like to sing getting together and playing with arrangements of popular songs. Our idea was to not do conventional 'choir' songs and to replace instrumental parts with voices and man them up a bit. It was also an excuse to meet up once a week and have a laugh and drink beer.
Are you the Director? Who decides what is sung and how?
I am the manager and I founded the group originally. Wayne Dixon is our Musical Director and he composes the arrangements of the songs that are chosen. We choose songs pretty democratically, we'll all discuss what songs we would like to sing, but Wayne and I have a bit of a power of veto.
We try to choose songs that we can put a bit of a funny twist to and also we like to throw in the odd song that is unusual to be sung by a bunch of blokes in singlets drinking beer.
What songs will you be performing at Splendour?
We've got a pretty eclectic mix of songs planned over our three sets on the weekend.
We're doing some AC/DC, Queen, Divinyls, Guns n' Roses, Bon Jovi and we're throwing in some sneaky Beyonce, some theme songs and a surprise here and there!
Do you get groupies? Do you expect any at Splendour?
Of course we get groupies, just look at us!
We are definitely expecting to get mobbed at Splendour, and we've organised a special security detail to try to control them all.
Tell me an anecdote from one of your recent gigs that we can publish.
Most stories we have are not suitable for publication, but one night while we were supporting The Beards in Sydney, one of the guests of one of our singers got particularly inebriated and while we were performing, he told a number of audience members that he was our manager.
He attracted a bit of attention from several men who asked him about how to audition for and join Manchoir.
His response to them was that we were looking for new members and told them the details of where and when we rehearse. (We have a weekly rehearsal).
Luckily, we had cancelled our rehearsal for the following week but I received a few irate messages via our Facebook page from those who had eagerly turned up ready to join!
At that stage we could not work out who had told them to turn up, and it took three months for him to own up to it.
The Manchoir is performing only for 15 minutes at 5.25pm today, 4.25pm tomorrow and 3.40pm on Sunday at The Amphitheatre.
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