Shortis and Simpson run a world music choir, Worldly Goods.
It is a community choir open to all comers. The repertoire is world music. No music reading skills or previous experience required. The joy of singing is the important ingredient.
Worldly Goods was formed in 1998, and has just celebrated 25 years with an informal performance and party at the Polish Club in Canberra.
The choir has appeared as part of festivals, in large community arts projects, theatrical extravaganzas, and at their own concerts.
An active workshop program is part of the Worldly Goods calendar, and workshop leaders have included Tony Backhouse, Frankie Armstrong, Margret RoadKnight, Nino Tsitsishnili and Joseph Jordanian, Jeannie Lewis, Rachel Hoare, Theodora Volti and more.
Worldly Goods is performing at the National Folk Festival in Canberra and is currently rehearsing for that. They are playing the part of the demonstrators in Something Worth Fighting For, the story of Australian protesters and their songs. This is the culmination of John Shortis’ research as 2024 Folk Fellow at the National Library. The choir w\ill also be participating in the street choir program at the festival.
Worldy Goods meets each Monday during school terms at Gorman House Arts Centre, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, ACT.
For more details, contact Shortis and Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org