Happy Little Copyrights- a tribute to the noble art of song stealing

Pablo Picasso once said- ‘Good artists borrow. Great artists steal.’ Nowhere is this more resonant than in the world of songwriting, as Bungendore’s own Shortis and Simpson explore in their new show Happy Little Copyrights.

Fresh from standing ovations at the National Folk Festival, and with a brilliant band made up of Ian Blake, Jon Jones and Dave O’Neill, they will not only give stirring renditions of some very well-known songs, but tell the fascinating stories of how these hits were all ‘borrowed’ from other sources.

Discover how nothing is new under the sun as they take a musical journey that traverses genres from traditional ballad to country, Cajun, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, gospel, world music and classical, and includes hits by the likes of The Animals, Procol Harum, Simon and Garfunkel, George Harrison, the Stones, Men At Work, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Hank Williams and many more.

Happy Little Copyrights is the tale of innocents and villains, commerce and tradition, minstrels and moguls, told in Shortis and Simpson’s inimitable style- riveting narration, surprising information, humour, and virtuosic musicianship.
All this in the intimate cabaret setting of Bungendore’s Carrington Inn. Don’t miss Happy Little Copyrights.
Carrington Inn, Bungendore. Fri/Sat May 17/18, 6pm arrival for 8pm show. $93/$87. Includes 3-Course meal, drink on arrival, free on-site parking. To book go to https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=473492

Comments from the Folk Festival- “…..a lot of hard research turned into an entertaining, educational and brilliant show….we learnt a lot in the most enjoyable way…l loved Happy Little Copyrights…. highly entertaining, beautifully sung and with funny and amazing insights into the use and abuse of copyright… magic…. beautiful, well played renditions of well-known songs….I really loved the copyright show at the Folk Festival….I watched the first performance and was so impressed I came back for the second……absolutely brilliant….I’m from South Africa and was particularly moved by the injustice of the story of The Lion Sleeps Tonight… saw the copyrights show twice I enjoyed it so much.