SHORTIS & SIMPSON NEWSLETTER January 2024

2024 FOLK FELLOWSHIP AWARDED TO JOHN SHORTIS AT THE NATIONAL LIBRARY
Mr Shortis is in Heaven, researching 9 to 5 at the National Library for 4 weeks .His project is called Something Worth Fighting For, the topic of his research being Australian protests and protests songs. The outcome will be a show at the National Folk Festival at Easter, to be repeated at the library and online later in the year. The show will feature Shortis and Simpson with the Worldly Goods Choir. New choir members welcome. Stay tuned for details.

TWO UNDER THE INFLUENCES- repeat performances
1.With Nigel McRae and Beth Tully
Nigel and Beth own Smiths Alternative- if you’ve been there you will have seen them behind the bar and checking tickets. They are extraordinary advocates of live and local music, and on top of that they are brilliant musicians. When the show was first presented last year, audiences were enthralled by these two, as they sang songs and told tales of yodelling vaudevillians, buskers, school punk bands, family singalongs in cars and around pianolas, and the amazing adventures of Canberra music scene of the last 30 years. Now the show’s back for one night only- informative, entertaining, surprising, delightfully subversive, with riveting story-telling, and chock-a-block with great music.
‘….affectionate, informal…..powerful, ringing sounds of Tully’s voice….McCrae’s facility on guitar and, astonishingly, trumpet. Helen Musa, City News
SMITH’S ALTERNATIVE, 76 Alinga Street, Canberra
Saturday Feb 10, 6pm-8pm, $40/$30 concession
https://www.smithsalternative.com/events/under-the-influence-84268?d=10%2F02%2F2024+6%3A00%3A00+PM

2.With Michael Simic
Cobargo Folk Festival March 1-3, National Theatre Braidwood, March 9.
Details in next newsletter.

AND LOOK OUT FOR… Under the Influence with Fred Smith, coming soon.

Cheers,
John and Moya