The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #94754   Message #1837436
Posted By: JennyO
18-Sep-06 - 11:23 AM
Thread Name: OK occupations for folksingers.
Subject: RE: OK occupations for folksingers.
The Shiny Bum Singers have turned their jobs as public servants into a very successful folk act. All their songs, which they write themselves, are about aspects of the public service.

The Shiny Bum Singers are a vocally inspiring and visually entertaining group of mostly public servants (some have been outsourced), who sing their own wicked parodies about the Australian Public Service. Founded in the a capella tradition - guitars, keyboards, bouzoukis, ukuleles and even guitar cases are now strummed, picked, plucked, beaten and stroked to accompany inspired lyrics, brilliant humour and shambolic choreography. Based in Canberra, the Australian bush capital, they have performed to packed houses at the Australian National Folk Festival in recent years. They have toured extensively around Canberra, regional New South Wales and Victoria, and played to enthusiastic audiences in Sydney's top folk venues.

These days their act has been getting more visual, with one song involving them doing a little morris-type dance while whacking keyboards across each other. What a perfect blending of occupations!

They will be appearing with John Dengate this Saturday night - "Songs of Sedition" at Sydney's Loaded Dog Folk Club. I'll be there, with bells on, as they say!