Graeme Vass and fellow Miner Chords choir members are looking for more men to join in the fun of barbershop singing.
Graeme Vass and fellow Miner Chords choir members are looking for more men to join in the fun of barbershop singing. Sarah Harvey

Harmonious group looks for talent

THE Ipswich Miner Chords barbershop choir is calling for new members to deliver the harmonious tunes made famous by their 1940s counterparts.

The Miner Chords is looking for men who can hold a tune and want to take on a hobby to join the 25-strong choir, which president Ian Mackey said was a good way to relieve stress.

Mr Mackey joined the Ipswich Miner Chords after its inception in 2005, fulfilling a lifelong ambition.

Five years later and Mr Mackey wishes he started it 20 years earlier.

He believes most people still associate barbershop choirs with the straw boater hats and striped red jackets of years gone by and are turned off by the idea.

"We are not like that at all," he said.

The group donned a brand new uniform of black trousers and green jackets during its performance at Saturday's All Saints Music Day.

Their performances include renditions of traditional barbershop songs and more modern classics such as Under the Boardwalk and Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.

Mr Mackey said age was no hindrance, with the youngest member being 17 years old.

"As long as they can hold a tune we can teach them the rest," Mr Mackey said.

He said coaxing men into finding their voice was a tough task.

"It's difficult to get men to sing. We are a very welcoming and supportive environment," he said.

The choir meets at the Old Ipswich Courthouse on Wednesday evenings and will be performing at the Brassall carols event on November 25.



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