A Whiter Shade of Beatles

Marking the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ White Album

1968 was a dramatic year. Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated. There were anti-Vietnam War protests on our streets, and conscientious objectors were being arrested. Gorton became PM and Whitlam was opposition leader.

It was also the year of the jumbo jet, fluoridated water, and Chitty Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was on at the movies. Led Zeppelin were born and Cream played their farewell concert.

In the midst of all this The Beatles released two great singles- Hey Jude and Lady Madonna- and flew to India to attend a star-studded residential course of meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Amidst this mind expansion they wrote nearly 40 songs, all of which were unlike any they’d written previously.

But it was a time of friction between the Fab Four and when they ventured into the studio they presented a showcase of separate creative pursuits rather than the work of a united band.

The White Album that emerged is incredible and varied, laced with gems like Blackbird, Julia, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Dear Prudence, and running the gamut from rock to lullaby, Jamaican to 30s’ swing to C&W, blues to electronic.

Bungendore’s own cabaret artists Shortis and Simpson bring the era and the songs to life in their unique way, with surprising stories, musical imagination and virtuosity, humour, poignancy and above all, entertainment.

The Carrington Inn, 53 Ellendon St, Bungendore Fri/Sat 27/28 April, 6pm. 3 course dinner and show $89 (Senior card concession-5%)To book http://thecarringtoninn.com.au/entertainment/ or https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=355819& or in person at Café Woodworks or at Carrington Inn or 6238 1044.