Choir out to man up and lower the tone

Hannah Fuller from Whitley Bay who is looking for more male vocalists to join her choir 'bay:vox.'
Hannah Fuller from Whitley Bay who is looking for more male vocalists to join her choir 'bay:vox.'

THEY might not sing the Abba hit Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), but several members of Whitley Bay-based choir Bay:Vox are thinking along similar lines.

It’s not after midnight that they need their man – or several men, ideally – as around 8pm on a Monday would fit in much better.

The sisters that largely make up the group are fed up doing it for themselves, to misquote one Eurythmics song, and now, in the words of another, they need a man – or men.

The folk-based group, set up to encourage new or bashful singers to have a go, has proved a big hit since being launched in March, attracting more than 30 people to its weekly sessions at the Berkeley Tavern in Whitley Bay.

Its founder, Hannah Fuller, a musician and primary school teacher, is desperate for more male voices to join in, however.

“Our men are fantastic but are outweighed very heavily by women, so it would be great to swell their ranks,” said the mum of three.

“We need more male voices to give our songs more balance.

“There are just a handful of men so far, but we know that there will be lots of budding singers out there so we want them to join us.

“There are people of all ages and from all sorts of backgrounds already taking part, but we need more men in our ranks to add a bit of bass to proceedings.

“We want those blokes who love singing along in the car thinking they are Robbie Williams or those who think they are Sting or Mark Knopfler when they are having a shower to join us at the pub.”

The 37-year-old set up the group because she wanted to give herself and others of like mind the chance to exercise their vocal cords.

She said: “I started off because I wanted to sing, and it has really caught on.

“It is nice and informal. It is singing by ear , so people do not have to be able to read music to take part.

“Above all, it is a really good laugh, and with a bit of luck, we will be able to perform in public before too long.

Bay:Vox meets at the Marine Avenue pub at 8pm on Mondays. Attendance is free for the first session and £3.50 a time after that.

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