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Couch Choir

Pub Choir's communal singing events are affected by the mass-gatherings ban, so it's bringing the sing-along into your home.
By Sarah Ward
March 17, 2020
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Couch Choir

Pub Choir's communal singing events are affected by the mass-gatherings ban, so it's bringing the sing-along into your home.
By Sarah Ward
March 17, 2020
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In Brisbane, back in 2017, a simple idea was born: gathering a heap of beer and music-loving folks in a pub, teaching them the lyrics to a well-known song over the course of one night, and then communally crooning the tune in question the same evening. It's karaoke, but in a group. It's your school choir, but boozy. And it's little wonder that Pub Choir soon became not just a local but a national and international success.

Of course, as Australia responds to COVID-19, mass groups of folks can't all spend time together in one room — even if they are drinking and singing a tune. So, Pub Choir has evolved into Couch Choir. It's the same basic concept, except everyone is giving their vocal cords a workout from their own homes.

Running across Tuesday, March 19–Thursday, March 21, here's how it works. Firstly, at 7pm AEST on Tuesday, three videos will be released on the event's Facebook page. They'll show Pub Choir's organisers singing three different harmonies, and then hand things over to you at home.

Next, you'll have two days to watch, listen and learn everything you need to know about your chosen part — or all three if you want — and record yourself singing it. Submit your video by 7pm on Thursday, and they'll all be mixed into one big compilation that'll be released for everyone to enjoy.

Beer is usually a big part of Pub Choir so if you need a dash of liquid courage at home, prepare accordingly.

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