Dust out the songs and get a mob together for Geraldton’s Pub Sing

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Revellers at the first Geraldton Pub Choir, held at Cutler & Smith in July.
Camera IconRevellers at the first Geraldton Pub Choir, held at Cutler & Smith in July. Credit: Anne Williams

One of Geraldton’s favourite watering holes will echo with the off-key bellowing of hundreds of rowdy revellers on October 11.

No, the Geraldton Hotel is not hosting a major sporting event that night.

Rather, the 159-year-old establishment will host the second Geraldton Pub Sing.

Formally called the Geraldton Pub Choir, the event brings strangers and friends together to belt out popular tunes in harmony — or disharmony, depending on certain variables.

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The first event, held at Cutler and Smith in July, sold out in a day and drew 100 people.

Pub Sing organiser Anne Williams said the second event would hold up to 400 people, with about 150 tickets already sold.

“Basically it’s just a massive choir where you sing your lungs out,” Ms Williams said.

“It doesn’t matter if you can’t sing, but if you are a professional singer, then that’s great.”

A flute and clarinet teacher by day, Ms Williams said Geraldton Pub Sing’s mission was to get people out, about and engaged in the community.

“There’s lots of people that maybe don’t go out very often,” she said.

“It’s a cheap night out — tickets are only 10 bucks — and all the money raised is going to the Rotary Club of Geraldton-Greenough, who are just amazing.”

Ms Williams said Pub Choirs in Brisbane, where the event originated, could attract up to 2000 people.

“They trademarked their name, which is why we had to change ours to Pub Sing,” she explained.

Tickets are available via the Geraldton Pub Sing Facebook page.

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