Shortis & Simpson in American Pie

Belco Arts presents

Shortis & Simpson in American Pie

Marking 50 years of this landmark song

7pm Friday 10 & Saturday 11 June 2022

The Theatre, Belconnen Arts Centre

Running time: 80 minutes, plus interval

$45 General Admission (single seat at an available table)*
$210 Full Table (six people)**

Complete your experience with a gourmet $25 Grazing Box for two provided by our friends at Dendy Premium Lounge, Canberra. Each Grazing Box includes a selection of cheeses, crackers and seasonal fruit. Pre-purchase with your tickets online.

*General admission ticket holders can select a seat at available tables on the night. Please note there is no allocated seating for this ticket type.

**Tables seat up to six people. To secure a private table for your group, be sure to book the “Full Table” option.

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 any more’.

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!