Fred Smith [...], part-time folkie, part-time diplomat, full time brilliant songwriter has teamed up with The Spooky Men's Chorale [...] ably lead by Stephen Taberner [himself a performer and songwriter of high talent] in a collection termed "A Thinking man's drinking songs".
Some have already been released on Fred's other albums [for example, "Mr. Circle" and "Say a prayer" from "Bagarap Empires"] and all have been tried and tested in live performances. Each one is a gem in its own right. As with Fred's other songs they can be excruciatingly funny and punny or heart-breakingly poignant. The Spooks bring a real depth to the arrangements. Seen as The Chorale they're an excellent bunch of singers - Stephen Taberner knows how to get them going. They can also be both funny and sad. To be able to bring out these different emotions by voice and tunes is remarkable. Definitely an album worth buying and singing along to with an accompanying ale or two