Take five ordinary lads and some exceptional songs.
Mix them together and you have what some reckon is a cross between a barber shop quartet and Monty Python!
That is Men in General in a nutshell.
The a capella outfit are nothing if they aren’t adventurous.
They sing the songs of a far-reaching group of singers, from Marvin Gaye and Joe Jackson, to Coope Boyes and Simpson and Rodgers and Hammerstein, from Stephen Stills to Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, The Spooky Men’s Chorale and Brian Patten.
Their show is fast-moving and funny with five-strong vocals.
The show includes indoor parachute jumping, a road movie, the benefits of going barefoot, a painting by Edward Hopper, unusual hobbies for men, a pub at midnight and mistakes anyone could make.
Previous hit show Alive Again! travelled all over the UK, including a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Assembly Rooms.
The group features members of The Singing Sous Chefs, The Murphy Brothers and festival favourites The Spooky Men’s Chorale and is made up of William Coleman, Tim Cranmore, Adrian Mealing, William Tooby and Jim Howden.
Men in General are at the Greystones, Sheffield, on Sunday, March 4.
THE Folk Train sets out for Edale from Sheffield station at 7.14pm next Tuesday with music from Jack’s Rake, who have a vibrant mix of styles, played guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, Anglo and English concertinas, melodeons, violin, banjo, mandola, whistles, bodhran, percussion, flute and piccolo, with harmonious vocals too. Music continues on this occasion at the Old Nag’s Head, Edale.
ONE of the hottest new players on the folk scene is Kris Drever who appears at the Rock@Maltby, Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby tomorrow night. He will be joined by an equally talented musician, Eamonn Coyne. Next Friday’s guest will be Martin Carthy.
FAY Hield is at Freeman College, Sheffield on Saturday. She has a striking voice and a storyteller’s presence that bring her traditional songs to life. The show is part of a season celebrating the creativity of the college, which uses arts and crafts to promote therapeutic change in young people with a range of learning disabilities and emotional needs.
THE Keltones appear tonight at Crookes Folk Club, at Princess Royal, Slinn Street.
FAIRPORT Convention will be at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, on Wednesday as part of their 45th anniversary year. The band will be featuring songs from their latest album, Festival Bell, along with a selection of their evergreen back catalogue chosen in a poll of fans. Fairport is made up of Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Chris Leslie, Ric Sanders and Gerry Conway. Support will come from Kieran Goss, one of Ireland’s best-loved singer-songwriters. His songs Brand New Star and Just Around The Corner were recorded by Mary Black and he has half-a-dozen albums and a top-ten chart single to his credit.