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Published June 7th 2021
I don't sing because I'm happy, I'm happy because I sing
Were you one of the thousands who watched Australia's Biggest Singalong on SBS? It was a great opportunity to learn a classic song and sing in harmony, but singing along with a TV choir is not quite the same as the real thing. Luckily, anyone who wants to try singing with a group just needs to head to Fremantle, where there are two popular pub choirs. Both groups welcome everyone who loves music, regardless of how well they can sing. The Sing!Sing!Sing! Freo Pub Choirmeets every Tuesday evening, or if that's too big a commitment, check out the Clancy's Fish Pub Choir on the first Wednesday of the month.
Studies show that singing provides a number of benefits. Research done worldwide confirms these findings, especially when singing with a group:
Strengthen feelings of togetherness Regulate heart rate Reduce stress levels and depression Improve lung function Improve feelings of social well-being
plus it's a great deal of fun!Clancy's Fish Pub Choir
For 30 years Clancy's Fish Pub has been a Fremantle institution. The Fish Pub Choir actually started a few years ago but like so many other events, was shut down in 2020 due to COVID. It's now back and going strong. Led by local musician Natalie Gillespie and often featuring special guests, this choir is open to everyone, even those who only sing in the shower. There's a new song every week with a final performance at the end of the evening.
Clancy's Fish Pub Choir meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7pm to 9:30pm Entry is by gold coin donation with proceeds split with the Starlight Hotel Choir at St. Patrick's Community Support Centre.
Sing!Sing!Sing! Freo Pub Choir If singing once a month isn't enough, try Fremantle's original pub choir, which meets weekly on Tuesday nights. The Freo Pub Choir is a relaxed group where anyone who loves to sing is welcome. Led by choir director Aidan D'Adhemar, there's a different song every week. Recent selections include enough variety for everyone: I Got You Babe, Message in a Bottle and the Ramones I Want to be Sedated.
The evening starts with the familiar radio tune, then the group is split into melody, high and low harmony. After some practice, at the end of the evening, there's a rousing new version sung in three-part harmony (written by director Aidan) with formerly shy people "singing at the top of their lungs".
Sing! Sing! Sing! Freo Pub Choir meets every Tuesday night at the top bar of the Fremantle Navy Club from 7:30pm – 9pm. Entry is $10
Before going, please listen to that weeks' song. Full information is on their Facebook page.
Unfortunately, the COVID virus is still active in Australia. Be sure to check with the venues should any more restrictions be necessary in Western Australia. Meanwhile, stop singing in the shower and start singing in a choir!
A great initiative Maggie. It reminds of a popular form of entertainment in the 1950s in community singing, where a narrator would say a line of a song, then the group would sing it. I can't sing, but I'm, good at miming.