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The Singing Waiters are based in Melbourne Australia and have been wowing audiences since 1990 around Australia and overseas.

The group was formed by Matthew Barker, a member of Australia’s most successful Acapella group “THE PHONES”, who toured Australia throughout the 80’s performing to Prime Ministers, Queen Elizabeth and people from all walks of life. The Phones appeared on more tv shows than any other musical act at that time, were the most successful schools touring act since Little River Band and were the first Australian musical act to be asked to tour Russia.. but enough of The Phones, lets talk about The Singing waiters.

After leaving The Phones, Matthew and his wife Tarina (who was a musical comedy performer and fashion model) decided to form their own group and recruited singers from other Acapella groups and musical theatre backgrounds.

Not only did they want the performers to be able to sing, but also to be able to ad-lib, be comical and have the ability to work around the room up close and personal with guests as very lousy waiters.

The idea was to create a scenario where guests would be fooled into thinking that the waiters were either on work experience or were just very bad waiters.

The idea was then to suddenly burst into song and watch the reaction of the guests as they realize that thankfully the waiters were much better singers than waiters.

Starting out working at small functions at private homes and reception centres, the act gained momentum and many agents started booking the group.

Before long the group was performing for functions of up to 500 people at venues like The Palladium Ballroom at Crown and other major hotels around Australia and New Zealand.

Many line-up changes have occurred since 1990 with singers moving on to other professional shows like Le Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.

Tarina and Matthew are still active members of the singing waiters and Michael Macri and bass man Sig Anderson have been with the group since 2000 

The Singing waiters work brilliantly with small groups of 10 – 100 and can sing acoustically. Or work just as well with groups of 100 – 500 singing on stage with a full sound system

 

“Hi Matthew, I heard you guys saved the night last night. Thank you so much for your spontaneity and for observing that the situation needed you guys to break the ice. Thank you for a great night once again.”

Sarah Lee. Business Events Coordinator.  MLC.

“Unbelievable!!. The Singing waiters were the best entertainment we have ever had at one of our conferences. Everyone is asking for their contact details. Will definitely use them again”

Stephen Robertson. Municipal Works Officers Association

“Thank you very much Matthew, The evening was a success, enhanced by your wonderful music.  I have had lots of good feedback.  Thank you once again for being able to attend the Spirit of Moonee Valley Community Awards and we hope to book you again for possibly one of our other events that are held throughout the year.”

Jackie Di Giorgio. Moonee Valley City Council.