Singing up a storm in Tosside

Kimber's Men (L-R John Bromley, Michael Beeke, Joe Stead, Neil Kimber, Gareth Scott)
Kimber's Men (L-R John Bromley, Michael Beeke, Joe Stead, Neil Kimber, Gareth Scott)

Kimber’s Men, a sea shanty singing group from Halifax, will bring their entertaining show “Singing Up A Storm” to Tosside later this month.

The all-male group will perform at Tosside Community Hall on Sunday November 23rd at 7-30 pm, with tickets priced at £6.50 for adults and £4 children. They are available directly from the venue by calling the box office on 01729 840272.

The five-piece group, comprising Joe Stead, Mike Beeke, Neil Kimber, Gareth Scott and John Bromley, are arguably the finest exponents of sea songs and sea shanties in Great Britain.

Kimber’s Men entertain their audiences with their close harmonies, a cappella singing and humour, accompanied by a wide selection of instruments including guitar, banjo, bandolin and whistles.

The group recently appeared live on Channel 4’s “Sunday Brunch” after the British Maritime Museum recommended them as “the best in the country” at sea songs and sea shanties. They have also featured in BBC2 and BBC4 television productions of “Sea Songs” and currently have five CDs on release as well as a DVD featuring “Singing Up A Storm” in concert.

Speaking ahead of the performances, the group’s “Ship Doctor” Joe Stead said: “We are now well educated in the way of village hall concerts, which we really enjoy doing because of the close proximity of the audience, which heightens the performance for both audience and performer alike.”

The Tosside show forms part of Spot On Lancashire’s rural touring autumn season, and Kimber’s Men will also play at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall at 7-30pm on Saturday November 22nd. For more information or to see the full Spot On autumn season programme, visit, call Sue Robinson on 01254 660360 or email:

Kimber’s Men are, from the left, John Bromley, Michael Beeke, Joe Stead, Neil Kimber and Gareth Scott.