Welcome to Shortistory

Welcome to shortistory.com, a mixture of my name and my passion, Shortis and history respectively.

I’m a musician, songwriter and researcher, based in Canberra. With singer Moya Simpson I’m half of cabaret act Shortis and Simpson, and we do a series of shows throughout each year that bring together music, comedy, politics and history. Sometimes it’s up-to-date political satire, other times shows about particular aspects of history, Australian and broader.

So that my research and quirky self-taught view of history is available to a wider audience I am writing up upcoming and past shows, as e-Essays on this website.

So far on this site you will find-

  • Out of the Cabinet, a series of shows we performed each year at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra. These shows accompanied the latest release of Australian Cabinet Records. In a nondescript room, grandly entitled The Menzies Room, we performed a half-hour show about the music, the politics, the general news stories and the trends of the relevant years. We did the shows between 2008-2016, covering the years 1977-1991.
  • 50 Years Ago Today, a show we performed in 2017 at the Cobargo Folk Festival, and at the Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall, with band and choir, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

I have a number of other essays ready to post, and hope to soon include links to recordings, youtube, scores etc.

I hope you enjoy shortistory.com and watch out for more essays coming soon.

John Shortis
January 2020