2 June 2022

Shortis & Simpson in American Pie

| Belco Arts
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Can you believe it is 50 years since Don McLean’s landmark song, American Pie was at number one in Australia? Eight and a half minutes long, a worldwide hit that has stood the test of time, the song has become an anthem, a lament for the passing of an era, a song you love or hate. One review at the time said the song was ‘pretentious junk sung by a sanctimonious folkie’. Another said ‘if you believe in rock ‘n’ roll, go out and buy American Pie.’

Its cryptic lyrics have been the subject of numerous interpretations. When Don himself was asked what they mean, his answer was ‘they mean I don’t have to work anymore’.

Shortis and Simpson, always happy to mark an anniversary, will present their take on American Pie at Belconnen Arts Centre 10 & 11 June. Shortis’s research and quirky interpretation combines with Simpson switching between the songs of Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Byrds, The Stones, Roberta Flack, and much more.

It’s a social and political history of Australia and the world in the fifties, sixties and early seventies, a blend of songs and stories, surprising information, many laughs, and the odd moving moment.

And, as Shortis is an Aussie and Simpson a Pom, American Pie will be served up both with tomato sauce and Branston pickle.

American Pie by the banks of Lake Gininderra- What a Starry, Starry Night!

The details

What: Shortis & Simpson in American Pie
When: Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June, 7pm
Where: The Theatre, Belconnen Arts Centre
Cost: $45 General Admission (single seat at an available table)* – $210 Full Table (six people)**. Tickets at Belco Arts.

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