Under the Influence

A tribute to the singers, the songwriters and the seminal moments that have inspired Shortis and Simpson

John Shortis and Moya Simpson are known for their quirky originality, developed over a long career, culminating this June in an OAM each. But what were the catalysts that shaped and inspired them? Who were their most influential writers and singers? What were the turning points in their remarkable journeys?

In Under the Influence, Shortis and Simpson blend specially written originals with songs that represent those artists and seminal moments. Getting much more than honourable mentions will be the likes of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Barbra Streisand, Leonard Cohen, Elvis, Erik Satie, Spike Milligan, The Beatles and many more. Then there are the stories- like Simpson being thrown out of the school choir- her first hearing of Bulgarian singing- Shortis being told he was tone deaf- his father’s church choir rehearsing in the lounge room etc etc etc.

Funny, surprising, touching, full of stunning musical moments, Under the Influence is not to be missed. You’ve seen the duo, now visit the world that made them.

AINSLIE ARTS CENTRE, Elouera St, Braddon. Friday August 11, 8pm. $35/$30.                                                      Bookings 6182 0000, or in person at Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon, or on-line at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/under-the-influence-tickets-35906075037 (there is a small booking fee applicable for on-line bookings).