Choir of Man
- Megan Forsyth
- 21 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Talented all-male chorus perform crowd-pleasing cover songs
Now on its third Edinburgh Fringe run, Choir of Man has become a popular festival standard. Set in a pub dubbed 'The Jungle', it's only natural that the nine strapping (and nearly all bearded) young men kick things off with a spirited rendition of 'Welcome to the Jungle' by Guns n Roses. Drinking is happily encouraged because 'the more you drink, the better we sound … or scratch that--the better we look'.
Women are picked out of the audience to sit at the bar onstage and a Marcus Mumford lookalike serenades one older woman with Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream'. She playfully goes along with the act, touching his leg and even giving him a little kiss. There is something to please almost everyone here, from renditions of Paul Simon ('50 Ways to Leave Your Lover') to Red Hot Chili Peppers ('Under the Bridge') and Adele ('Hello'). The positive energy of all the performers is infectious and the crowd absolutely eats it up.
After a foot-stomping version of 'Some Nights' by fun. featuring beer mug clinking percussion receives a standing ovation, they close out the night with the traditional Scottish song 'The Parting Glass'. While there is nothing particularly original about this love letter to pubs and popular songs, you can't help but leave with a smile on your face and singing 'Some Nights' all the way home.
Assembly Hall, until 25 Aug, 7.30pm, £14–£17.50.