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Concert a walk down memory lane

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Bunbury Men of song performed during the 2016 Chris
Camera IconBunbury Men of song performed during the 2016 Chris Credit: Jon Gellweiler/South Western Times, Jon Gellweiler

Bunbury Men of Song will reminisce on two decades of music and friendship at their 20th anniversary concert on Sunday.

Presented by Southern Ports Authority, the concert will also see the choir debut a song written about the sisters of St John of God.

“We commissioned a song late last year which was written by Brodie Stewart, a local guy and now attends WAAPA,” choir president Keith Howe said.

“He has written a really beautiful song which we are premiering at the event.”

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Mr Howe said the choir began in 1998, when founder Doug Wenn placed an advertisement in the South Western Times.

“He put an ad in the South Western Times of him in the shower and the line was something along the lines of ‘it is time for men to come out from just singing in the shower’,” Mr Howe said.

“It started from there and it is still going strong.”

From humble beginnings, the choir now boast more than 40 members, who embarked on a European tour in 2016 and have planned a tour of England in 2020.

Mr Howe said it would be a full concert, also featuring the boys choir, which would allow the community to come together and show their support.

“As it is our 20th anniversary, we are hoping many of our ex-members will come down,” he said.

“We still have two original members and it will be probably one of the last performances from our only living life member Kevin Williams, who has been coming down from Perth for some time,” he said.

“He has decided to pull the pin this year, so this will be one of his last performances.”

The concert will take place at the St Augustine Worship and Community Centre at 2pm, with an afternoon tea to follow.

Tickets are available at www.stickytickets.com.au.

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