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Shortis & Simpson Newsletter May 2022

Hello,
A few shows coming up. here are the details.

21 FORSTER STREET- a show about a Bungendore house
21 Forster St is a new multidisciplinary theatre work, a locally inspired story that explores our relationships to the places we call home. Music by John Shortis. The Q, Queanbeyan, May 26-June 4, 8pm. $25-$50. To book-https://theq.net.au/whats-n/subscriptions/21-forster-st/ Read about it at-https://citynews.com.au/2022/remembering-hidden-lives-in-history-of-a-house/

SONDHEIM, a Bungendore tribute to a legend of Broadway
Stephen Sondheim, music-theatre songwriter extraordinaire, died in 2021 aged 91, leaving a legacy of highly original songs that have been the lifeblood of some of Broadway’s best-loved musicals. Bungendore, of all places, is paying tribute, with a parade of local talent, including Shortis and Simpson. The proceeds go to Bungendore Community Foundation- the Greater Good, providing support to the needy and to volunteer groups. Bungendore War Memorial Hall, 49 Molonglo Street, Bungendore, Sat June 4, 7:30pm, $49.
To book- https://www.ticketebo.com.au/sondheimbungendore

AMERICAN PIE at Belconnen
After successful shows at Cobargo and Bungendore, Shortis and Simpson take American Pie to a stunning new theatre on Lake Ginninderra. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this landmark song, American Pie is full of humour, interesting stories, a fascinating interpretation of its cryptic lyrics, and some great songs from the ‘50s and’60s. 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). To book-
https://belcoarts.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/53366

UNDER THE INFLUENCE with Karen Middleton
A repeat of the recent show based on the musical influences of political journalist Karen Middleton- funny, moving, fascinating, full of great music, and some post-election satire. The National Theatre, Wallace St Braidwood. Sunday 26 June at 3pm. $47.90 (includes booking fee)
To book- https://circlemusic.iwannaticket.com.au/event/under-the-influence-shortis-simpson-with-special-guest-karen-middleton-MjY1NTQ

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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

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Latest newsletter

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