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On Sunday April 11, we will be the featured artists at this monthly event held at the Irish Club. The afternoon kicks off at 4pm with a variety of folk acts who put their name spontaneously on a blackboard, then we’re on at 6pm.
We’ll be doing a short 45-minute set that will be a mixture of classics from our repertoire, along with some bang up-to-date material. Join us as we burst the Canberra bubble, relive the joys of COVID apps and lockdowns, and generally regale you with tales of political shenanigans. And all in a friendly atmosphere, like the Folk festival in miniature. Sunday April 11, 4pm-6.45 pm, The Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson St, WESTON, $5 (members $3). Bookings: people will need to email Eileen at

MUSIC IN THE KEY OF SHORTIS- music theory for beginners
What better way to learn about music theory than from a man who’s never had a formal music theory lesson! John’s teachers were The Beatles. As a teenager he learned their songs by ear and, without them knowing it, they taught him about keys and time signatures, scales and modes, melody and harmony etc. His unorthodox learning methods have led him to develop his idiosyncratic slant on the world of music, which will form the basis of a 4 week course, full of stories, humour, context, chord wheels and patterns, watch as the mysteries of music unfold from Shortis’s quirky viewpoint. Aimed at beginners.
Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera St, BRADDON, ACT, Wednesdays April 28, May 5/12/19, 7-9pm. $80 To book and for information contact John at

If you missed our show, Going Viral, at the Artists Shed last November, there is now a YouTube available- 23 minutes of highlights. Here is the link-



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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.