SHORTIS & SIMPSON NEWSLETTER April 2024

UNDER THE INFLUENCE with special guest FRED SMITH
This will be the last in our series of shows based on the musical influences of a guest artist. And who better to go out with than award winning Canberra singer/ songwriter/ author/ diplomat, Fred Smith?
Having survived the National Folk Festival with very successful but all-embracing shows, we are now rehearsing like crazy with Fred, exploring the songs, the artists, the experiences that have shaped his playing and his songwriting.
Growing up between Canberra, India, Israel and the Philippines gave him a particularly interesting childhood that informed his love of song and the guitar and harmonica playing that are now an integral part of the Fred sound.
Hear how a stint in America, and postings to Bougainville and Afghanistan have enriched his musical and literary adventures.
Be entranced by the story of his first recording at the age of two, and the influences that led to the writing of many of the songs that he has since written and recorded.
With songs from the likes of Cohen and Dylan, The Beatles, Redgum, Neil Young, Kev Carmody and much more, this is a surprising insight into the creative processes of a story-teller extraordinaire.
And, as usual, when our influences overlap with Fred’s we’ll bring in songs and stories of our own.
It’s witty, wonderful, wise, humorous, moving, and features Fred’s band- Dave O’Neill, Matt Nightingale and Mitch Preston. Don’t miss this final episode of Under the Influence.
Belconnen Arts Centre, Emu Bank Belconnen, Saturday May 4, 7pm, $42/$37. https://belcoarts.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/118216

And look out for the return of Something Worth Fighting For, the results of John’s National Folk Fellow research into protest songs and movements. It will be at The National Library on Sept 26 at 6.30pm. It’s free but you will need to book. As soon as the link is released you will be the first to know. The performance will also be streamed.

Cheers,
John and Moya