Worldly Goods Choir turns 13 – spotty faces, blossoming body parts, sulky attitudes, slamming doores, and not a teenager in sight.

In October 1998, Moya Simpson formed a community choir, called Worldly Goods, for a one-offproject planned to last 3 months. Thirteen years later, that choir is still
going strong. We’ve turned teenage!

With world music as the repertoire, Worldly Goods is open to anyone, is audition free, and songs are learned by ear. With numbers always around 70 at any one time, the sound is joyous. Over the years there have been births, deaths, marriages and
enduring friendships.

The choir has participated in an enormous range of projects, such as representing the ACT at the Bendigo Gospel Festival, being part of a major Centenary of Federation event called Candid Canberra, mixing Beatles songs with Georgian folk song in John, Paul, Ringo and Georgia at the Hobart Voices Festival, and workshopping with choirs in an unforgettable trip to South Africa.

To celebrate the choir’s adolescence, the Belconnen Arts Centre will ring with Belco Belto, the big sound of Worldly Goods belting out 13 years of songs in 90 minutes, along with guest spots from choir leaders, Shortis and Simpson. Songs of Macedonian
Gypsies, Georgian toasts, Croatian love songs, South African chants, Pygmy
yodels, French Christmas carols,Beatles, Queen, Shortis originals, Canberran
ditties, and much, much more.

And all this as the sun sets over Lake Ginninderra.

All money raised from this concert will go towards the cost of Worldly Goods first CD, out next year.

Joyful, surprising, humorous, touching, uplifting – don’t miss it.

Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Sun Nov 13, 5.30pm.
$28/$20 conc. Plus booking fee. Bookings 6173 3300 or


American Pie

To mark the 40th anniversary of this landmark song by Don McLean, Shortis gave his take on what he reckons those cryptic lyrics mean, as Simpson switched between the songs of Janis Joplin, Buddy Holly, the Stones, Beatles, Dylan, Don himself, and more- with plenty of laughs, and the odd serious moment. Teatro Vivaldi. Fri/Sat Aug 26/27, 7pm. Sun Aug 28, 5.30pm.

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