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by MaggieVP (subscribe)
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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 Choir meets 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.

Perth/Fremantle Pub Choirs
Singing is for everyone!
Image by Gustavo Rezende from Pixabay

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.

Clancys Fish Pub Choir
Clancy's Choir

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.

Frmantle Pub Choir
Sing! Sing! Sing! Freo Pub Choir
image: SingSingSingPubChoirFremantle

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!
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Why? Better health, new friends, FUN
When: Clancy's - 2nd Wednesday of the month, SingSingSing Pub Choir every Tuesday
Where: Clancy's Fremantle & The Fremantle Navy Club
Cost: Clancys - Gold coin donation, Sing! Sing! Sing! - $10
Your Comment
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.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3318) 181 days ago
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