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Newsletter June 2021

HOPES, DREAMS AND MEMORIES-Canberra Mandolin Orchestra CD launch
Canberra Mandolin Orchestra has recorded its first CD, with some tracks featuring our Worldly Goods Choir, with John as arranger. The CD will be launched in a gala concert with orchestra, choir, soloists (Moya Simpson and Theodori Volti). The theme of the CD is the music from a variety of cultures brought to Australia in the post-war years. Saturday 19th June, 2-4 pm, Hughes Baptist Church, 34 Groom St, Hughes. $20/$15 concession. Tickets at www.eventbrite.com.au and at the door.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE- with special guest Keith Potger
In 2017, Shortis and Simpson performed Under the Influence, based on their musical influences. Now they are taking it to another dimension as they launch a series of shows in which they present renowned guests, and lead them through their influences.

First in the series features Keith Potger, singer/ songwriter/ guitarist/ arranger in The Seekers, but what was the musical journey that took him to those heights and sustains his career to this day? Who were the singers, the groups, the songwriters, the musical heroes? What were the seminal moments, the songs, and the places that have inspired him in his remarkable musical adventure?

Shortis and Simpson have been asking Keith these questions and with him have come up with a unique pastiche of story and song, comedy and poignancy, that takes us from Ceylon to Melbourne, to London, to world acclaim, and now Braidwood. From a Sinhalese song, to hymns, country and western, rock ‘n’ roll, doo wop, and more, it doesn’t take long to work out that the key musical element that has led his adventure is harmony. So, getting much more than honourable mentions will be the likes of the Everly Brothers, the Four Lads, the Weavers, The Springfields, along with writers such as Gerry Goffin and Carole King, with instrumental inspiration coming from the likes of Pete Seeger, and Buddy Holly.

As John and Moya lead Keith through these tales and landmarks, they’ll be joining in with vocals, guitar and keyboard, and when their influences overlap with his, they’ll chime in with songs and stories of their own. And of course there will be the odd Seekers’ hit or two, and some amazing rare archival recordings.
Funny, surprising, touching, full of stunning musical moments, this is one not to be missed. You’ve heard the Seeker, now visit the world that made him in Under the Influence. And with a title like that, no wonder it’s being launched at a winery!
Sat Aug 7, 6.30pm/ Sun Aug 8, 6pm. Contentious Character Winery, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin. 3 course meal and show $130. Bookings www.contentiouscharacter.com.au/Events or 6238 3830

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HOPES, DREAMS AND MEMORIES-Canberra Mandolin Orchestra CD launch
Canberra Mandolin Orchestra has recorded its first CD, with some tracks featuring our Worldly Goods Choir, with John as arranger. The CD will be launched in a gala concert with orchestra, choir, soloists (Moya Simpson and Theodori Volti). The theme of the CD is the music from a variety of cultures brought to Australia in the post-war years. Saturday 19th June, 2-4 pm, Hughes Baptist Church, 34 Groom St, Hughes. $20/$15 concession. Tickets at www.eventbrite.com.au and at the door.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE- with special guest Keith Potger
In 2017, Shortis and Simpson performed Under the Influence, based on their musical influences. Now they are taking it to another dimension as they launch a series of shows in which they present renowned guests, and lead them through their influences.

First in the series features Keith Potger, singer/ songwriter/ guitarist/ arranger in The Seekers, but what was the musical journey that took him to those heights and sustains his career to this day? Who were the singers, the groups, the songwriters, the musical heroes? What were the seminal moments, the songs, and the places that have inspired him in his remarkable musical adventure?

Shortis and Simpson have been asking Keith these questions and with him have come up with a unique pastiche of story and song, comedy and poignancy, that takes us from Ceylon to Melbourne, to London, to world acclaim, and now Braidwood. From a Sinhalese song, to hymns, country and western, rock ‘n’ roll, doo wop, and more, it doesn’t take long to work out that the key musical element that has led his adventure is harmony. So, getting much more than honourable mentions will be the likes of the Everly Brothers, the Four Lads, the Weavers, The Springfields, along with writers such as Gerry Goffin and Carole King, with instrumental inspiration coming from the likes of Pete Seeger, and Buddy Holly.

As John and Moya lead Keith through these tales and landmarks, they’ll be joining in with vocals, guitar and keyboard, and when their influences overlap with his, they’ll chime in with songs and stories of their own. And of course there will be the odd Seekers’ hit or two, and some amazing rare archival recordings.
Funny, surprising, touching, full of stunning musical moments, this is one not to be missed. You’ve heard the Seeker, now visit the world that made him in Under the Influence. And with a title like that, no wonder it’s being launched at a winery!
Sat Aug 7, 6.30pm/ Sun Aug 8, 6pm. Contentious Character Winery, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin. 3 course meal and show $130. Bookings www.contentiouscharacter.com.au/Events or 6238 3830

And coming up very soon….
HOPES, DREAMS AND MEMORIES- the launch of Canberra Mandolin Orchestra’s CD, with Worldly Goods Choir, and soloists. Featuring music from a variety of cultures that came to Australia in the post-war years.
Sat 19 June, 2pm, Hughes Baptist Church, 34 Groom St, Hughes. $20/$15 conc. Tickets at www.eventbrite.com.au and at the door.

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Hand Wash Music

HAND WASH SONGS

These are six songs of approximately 20 seconds duration that I’ve written for people to sing or play while they wash their hands during the current Coronavirus restrictions. Mostly Moya is on vocals, me on keyboard.

Here are the lyrics, recordings and scores, with the odd explanation.

I JUST WANT THIS SONG TO GO VIRAL

I just want this song to go viral
I want it spread about
So the whole wide worldly choir’ll scrub
Until the hand wash time is out
I just want this song to go viral
Ooh!
See the Score as a PDF

SHORTER THAN YOU THINK

I reckon
Twenty seconds
Is shorter than you think
By the time this
Little rhyme is
Over
You’ll have flushed your hand wash down the sink.
See the Score as a PDF

IN A MINOR KEY

This song, it won’t take long
And it’s in a minor key
This tune will be over soon
When my hands are virus-free
No more bacteria
Or pathogens for me
In a minor key
In a minor key.
See the Score as a PDF

IN EINER MOLLTONART
As we can’t travel to Europe at the moment, I’ve decided to bring Europe to you with this German version of In a Minor Key. Thanks to Gisela, Karl and Jean-Yves for the German lyrics.

Ein kurzes Lied derart
So Gespielt in Molltonart
Ist gleich dieses Lied vorbei
Sind die Hände virenfrei
Keine kleinen Keime mehr
Oder Krankheit so gemein
In einer Molltonart
In einer Molltonart.
See the Score as a PDF

RUB SOAP RUB
This is a rewrite of an old children’s song of mine called Washing Blues, also known as Washing Machine on Playschool. These new lyrics are based on the World Health Organisation’s instructions for hand washing.

Rub soap, rub, that’s awesome
And rub post haste
Scrub right over the dorsum
Fingers interlaced
Rub soap, rub, rotational
Never asking why
Rinse, rinse, rinse-pirational
Dry, dry, dry!
See the Score as a PDF

JE ME LAVE LES MAINS
Another bit of Europe brought to you, based on an old satirical song of mine called Je Proteste. Thanks to Jean-Yves for help with the French lyrics.

Je me lave les mains
Je me lave les mains
Le lavabo ou le bidet
Un peu d’eau et je suis prête
Je me lave les mains.
See the Score as a PDF

John Shortis, April 18 2020

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Out of the Cabinet

As usual Shortis and Simpson accompany the annual release of cabinet papers with a show about the relevant years, in this case 1982/83. Go back to the days of 2 litre flagons of wine, a flood of video rental shops, the Women’s Weekly going monthly, and A Country Practice on the tele. Relive highlights like the introduction of the CD, Down Under and the America’s Cup, Hawke becoming PM, No Dams on the Franklin, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Split Enz being banned in the UK because of the Falklands War, Sacred Ground by Goanna, not to mention some memorable quotes from Fred Nile and Bruce Ruxton. All this, plus a rye overview of the cabinet papers by Dr Jim Stokes. It’s very popular, so book early. Details available very soon. Watch this space or see the ad in next week’s Panorama in the Canberra Times. Sat/Sun Feb 4/5 11am/2pm inj the Menzies Room at the National Archives.

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WAXING LYRICAL

 a witty look at the world of wordsmiths

John Shortis’s quirky take on some of the world’s great songs and songwriters, but from the point of view of the lyrics. You’ll hear Shortis waxing lyrical about something he’s
passionate about, Moya singing, and the extra bonus of a couple of spots
created by Peter J. Casey. And their favourite hot band of Ian Blake, Jon Jones and Dave O’Neill.

This time the topic is lyrics and lyricists, and includes songs by the
likes of Dylan, Cohen, Guthrie, Shortis, Lennon, Mercer, Berlin, Hammerstein,
Paul Kelly, Joni Mitchell etc. There’ll be fun segments like Mondegreens,
banned lyrics and much much more.

Imaginative, informative, funny and moving. Don’t miss it.

 

Final show in the season, at the Q Theatre Queanbeyan,
Fri/Sat Dec 2/3, 8pm, Sun Dec 4, 5pm. Adults$47, $42 conc. and groups, under 26
$37. Bookings 6285 6290 or
www.theq.net.au