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Under the Influence with DJ Gosper

Shortis and Simpson have now presented two episodes of Under the Influence, based each time on the musical influences of a special guest. First cab off the rank was Keith Potger of The Seekers, followed by journalist Karen Middleton.

Coming up soon is their third guest, Dorothy Jane (DJ) Gosper – bluesy singer, songwriter, harmonica player, an integral part of Blues and Roots music in Canberra for a quarter of a century. In Under the Influence, Shortis & Simpson lead her through the songs, the singers, the songwriters, the stories, and the seminal moments that have influenced her life of music. Where their stories overlap, S&S introduce songs and stories of their own.

Find out how girl who grew up halfway between Newcastle and Dubbo discovered the blues. In a town with one TV channel, one radio station, and no record shops, how did she discover Miriam Makeba at the age of four? Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee at the age of nine? Winifred Atwell’s boogie bass lines by ear at the age of twelve?

Her musical journey spans folk, country, boogie, blues, ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, vaudeville, and much more. There’s even a bit of yodelling, some great harmonica playing, and thanks to Moya’s world music passion, songs in Maori, Xhosa and Bulgarian.

Under the Influence with DJ is informative, entertaining, surprising, dramatic and chock-a-block with great music. Don’t miss it.

Saturday September 17, 6pm, $40/$30 concession
SMITH’S ALTERNATIVE 76 Alinga Street, Canberra
Bookings www.smithsalternative.com/events/under-the-influence-77783

REVIEWS- DJ GOSPER
‘A singer who’s got a voice you’ll never forget, and which sounds as classic as any great 20th century female soul-blues singer you could name.’ (Andy G, Bridge FM)

‘She makes her harmonica strut like an alley cat.’ (Rory McCartney, BMA Magazine)

Gosper is one of the best harmonica payers in the country.’ (Chloe Kay Richardson, Rhythms Magazine)

‘…emotion, poetry and humour depict her fighting spirit and determination to get on with life through adversity.’ (Phil Birch-Marston, Artsound FM)

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Under the Influence with DJ Gosper

Our series of Under the Influence continues.
This time our guest is a local musician that we’ve known since 1998- Dorothy Jane (DJ) Gosper – bluesy singer, songwriter, harmonica player, an integral part of Blues and Roots music in Canberra for a quarter of a century.

Her bands and duos are many- The Blues Cowgirls, KarismaKatz, the Hot Flush Blues Band, Jeff & Deej and Divine Devilles, and many more. She’s a regular at music venues like Smith’s Alternative, Old Canberra Inn, Harmonie German Club, the Irish Club, P J O’Reilley’s, and you may even have seen her popping up at places like the Fyshwick Markets.

Her voice is warm, deep and rich. She’s the only woman we know who gives Moya a run for her money when it comes to plunging the depths of the female range where few women dare to venture.

Her songs have something to say, and she doesn’t shy away from expressing deep reflections of personal episodes in her life.

Her harmonica playing is improvised, inventive, and as bluesy as it gets

In Under the Influence, we lead her through the songs, the singers, the songwriters, the stories, and the seminal moments that have influenced her life of music.

Find out how a girl who grew up halfway between Newcastle and Dubbo discovered the blues. In a town with one TV channel (commercial), one radio station (country music), and no record shops, how did she discover Miriam Makeba at the age of four? Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee at the age of nine? And working out Winifred Atwell’s boogie bass lines by ear at the age of twelve?

Under the Influence with DJ is informative, entertaining, surprising, dramatic and chock-a-block with great music!

Saturday September 17, 6pm, $40/$30 concession
SMITH’S ALTERNATIVE 76 Alinga Street, Canberra
Bookings: www.smithsalternative.com/events/under-the-influence-77783

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A busy couple of months

Hello all,
It never rains but it pours!! From no shows to many. Here’s a quick list of what’s coming up.

COBARGO FOLK FESTIVAL
After one postponement and two cancellations, it’s back! We’re doing our American Pie show, marking the 50th anniversary of this landmark song. Fri May 6-Sun May 8, Cobargo Showground. (We are on at 6.15pm on Saturday 7). www.cobargofolkfestival.com

AMERICAN PIE at the Carrington in Bungendore
To see this show with a 3-course meal and complimentary drink, come to the Carrington in Bungendore. NSW Dine and Discover vouchers can be used (phone when booking- 6238 1044).
Fri May 13/Sat May 14, 6:30pm.$130/$117 (Seniors’ Card).
Bookings- https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/826628

AMERICAN PIE at Belconnen
See the show in cabaret setting in this stunning new theatre on Lake Ginninderra. Book a full table, or buy individual seats at an available table.
Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Fri/Sat June 10/11, 7pm. $45, or $210 for a table of 6 ($35 each).
Cheese platters available (book in advance).
https://belcoarts.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/53366

21 FORSTER STREET at The Q in Queanbeyan
An address with a personal connection to us. It once belonged to Moya’s best friend, and it’s where we got ‘married ‘. Now the subject of a new multi-disciplinary theatre work that explores what makes a house a home, And John Shortis has written the music. May 26-June 4, 8pm. $25-$50. https://theq.net.au/whats-on/subscriptions/21-forster-st/

SONDHEIM, a tribute to a legend of Broadway.
Fund-raiser for The Greater Good charity, starring Bungendore locals, with a guest appearance by us..
Bungendore War Memorial Hall, 49 Molonglo Street, Bungendore, Sat June 4, 7:30pm, $49. https://www.ticketebo.com.au/keith-young/sondheim-a-bungendore-

UNDER THE INFLUENCE at Braidwood
A repeat of our recent show with political journalist Karen Middleton at Braidwood National Theatre on Sunday 26 June at 3pm. Booking details to follow.

WORLDLY GOODS CHOIR
Each Monday night in school terms at Gorman House, 7-9pm. No auditions. All welcome.

Cheers,
Moya and John

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A busy couple of months

AmericanPie-1flierHello all,
It never rains but it pours!! From no shows to many. Here’s a quick list of what’s coming up.

COBARGO FOLK FESTIVAL
After one postponement and two cancellations, it’s back! We’re doing our American Pie show, marking the 50th anniversary of this landmark song. Fri May 6-Sun May 8, Cobargo Showground. (We are on at 6.15pm on Saturday 7). www.cobargofolkfestival.com

AMERICAN PIE at the Carrington in Bungendore
To see this show with a 3-course meal and complimentary drink, come to the Carrington in Bungendore. NSW Dine and Discover vouchers can be used (phone when booking- 6238 1044).
Fri May 13/Sat May 14, 6:30pm.$130/$117 (Seniors’ Card).
Bookings- https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/826628

AMERICAN PIE at Belconnen
See the show in cabaret setting in this stunning new theatre on Lake Ginninderra. Book a full table, or buy individual seats at an available table.
Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Fri/Sat June 10/11, 7pm. $45, or $210 for a table of 6 ($35 each).
Cheese platters available (book in advance).
https://belcoarts.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/53366

21 FORSTER STREET at The Q in Queanbeyan
An address with a personal connection to us. It once belonged to Moya’s best friend, and it’s where we got ‘married ‘. Now the subject of a new multi-disciplinary theatre work that explores what makes a house a home, And John Shortis has written the music. May 26-June 4, 8pm. $25-$50. https://theq.net.au/whats-on/subscriptions/21-forster-st/

SONDHEIM, a tribute to a legend of Broadway.
Fund-raiser for The Greater Good charity, starring Bungendore locals, with a guest appearance by us..
Bungendore War Memorial Hall, 49 Molonglo Street, Bungendore, Sat June 4, 7:30pm, $49. https://www.ticketebo.com.au/keith-young/sondheim-a-bungendore-

UNDER THE INFLUENCE at Braidwood
A repeat of our recent show with political journalist Karen Middleton at Braidwood National Theatre on Sunday 26 June at 3pm. Booking details to follow.

WORLDLY GOODS CHOIR
Each Monday night in school terms at Gorman House, 7-9pm. No auditions. All welcome.

Cheers,
Moya and John

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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