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.

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).

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).

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

Moya and John


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 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 or 6238 3830


S & S NEWSLETTER October 2022

Satire from two perspectives
Our end-of-year satire this time is with our old friends The Shiny Bum Singers, a brilliant political satire group made up of public servants who satirise the Public Service as well as politics. They are the shiny of our title, we’re the short, and the satire is sharp.

There’s plenty to sing about as we bid farewell to ScoMo and hello to Albo. Between secret portfolios, tax cuts, a ‘bread and butter’ budget, Barilaro’s New York venture, the Teals, climate, integrity, submarines, and Dutton,. Not to mention Optus, Putin, Truss, Her Majesty, the Republic, the Voice, and much more.

The show is being performed three times only- twice in Canberra, once in Sydney.

Sat Nov 19, 2.30pm/7.30pm, The Artists Shed, 88 Wollongong St, Fyshwick, $30. Bar available, drinks only.

Sat Nov 26, The Loaded Dog Folk Club, Back Hall of the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, 79 Johnston Street, Annandale. $20/$18 (cash at the door). BYO, light supper available
Enquiries &

AND….UNDER THE INFLUENCE, with special guest DJ Gosper, is being repeated at The National Theatre, Braidwood on Sat Dec 10, 7.30pm. Not yet open for bookings. Details coming soon.

John and Moya

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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.