SemiToned: The ExeMen

If you’re a fan of sharp, well-choreographed, funny and energetic a cappella, then I suggest you book your tickets for this show immediately. Fast paced and seamless, this 12 piece a cappella group from Exeter not only know how to sing and dance, but also how to connect with their audience through their songs and individual personalities. They were an absolute pleasure to watch, listen to and review.

This is definitely the best performance I’ve seen in the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe so far and let’s face it, it’s been a hectic week. The show was fantastic; wonderful choreography, fabulous vocals and a fantastic sense of presence.

Although their stage space was relatively small, it was clear The ExeMen had thought this through and arranged it to their advantage. As a dance group they were flawless; individual moves were suited to each performer and they all worked together for maximum effect. It was great to find a group of twelve performers with such talent; honestly, there was not one member of the group who was weaker than the rest.

Vocally, I could not fault these boys. From the bass upwards, they harmonised their way to a cappella wonder. The really interesting thing about their performance, though, was that each singer had an opportunity to showcase his talent. Working well as an ensemble is all very well, but the way in which The ExeMen managed to keep their group so tight and balanced while maintaining their individual styles was absolutely fantastic. Their harmonies were perfectly arranged and their melodies stood out as strong and engaging. From the spot on timing to the exactness of their tuning, it was clear The ExeMen were passionate about their music and devoted a great deal of their time to the group. The ExeMen are set to take Edinburgh Fringe by storm.

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SemiToned, Exeter’s premier a cappella ensemble, are coming to Edinburgh! Fresh from supporting Beverley Knight, the Military Wives and two appearances on BBC 1, these boys will take you on a journey through the veins of history.

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