Chris Samuel – A community choir leader with a background in performance acapella, Chris had his first taste of all-male singing in 2007 when he toured the UK with The Spooky Men’s Chorale and has just finished his 6th UK/European Tour with them.
The experience directly led to him setting up The Magnificent AK47 (the singing blokes of Ashton Keynes) which has grown to become a 40-strong performance choir made up of local chaps many of whom believed that couldn’t sing. They’ve subsequently had many adventures from singing in Stonehenge to The Roundhouse, riding chalk horses, drinking (and singing) with Fisherman’s Friends and The Young ‘Uns and sinking the odd pint or two along the way.
In order to get more men singing, Blokefest – a weekend singing camp for men –had it’s first outing in 2012 and has been going (and growing) ever since. A super-chilled weekend of beer and songs, it has played host to many of the burgeoning new men’s choirs starting to pop up across the country – Oxford’s Manchoir and The Bebington Bitter Men from the Wirral to name but two.
Chris is passionate about men singing – together, or in mixed groups and would encourage all chaps, blokes, geezers or gents to give it a bash.
Check out his article in The Guardian about the subject.