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John Shortis and Moya Simpson, One River Artists, Canberra

John Shortis and Moya Simpson, One River Artists – Canberra

Moya Simpson and John Shortis (Shortis and Simpson) researched the Canberra connections to the Basin (both physical and metaphorical) and used community workshops to create a suite of songs for broadcast in Canberra and throughout the basin on community radio during August 2013. Worldly Goods Choir and other local singing groups formed a massed choir that performed as part of the final One River presentation event at dusk on Aspen Island in Canberra on Fri 23 August 2013.

Shortis and Simpson have worked on many large community arts projects including Outback Children’s Spectacular, [1988] for the Bicentennial in which 3,000 children wrote and performed their own show about life in the outback, Candid Canberra, 2001, a Centenary of Federation project and Onwards and Upwards, working with people in fire-affected areas in the Yarra Valley in 2011).

Aspen Island


One River On Air Documentary Now Online

A documentary about the Canberra local project, One River on Air, by John Shortis and Moya Simpson has now been completed and uploaded and can be viewed here


One River On Air

One River On Air is the Radio Show produced by John Shortis and Moya Simpson as part of their One River project for Canberra. The project was a multi-faceted musical collaboration between John and Moya, the Carillonist Lynn Fuller, choir members of Worldly Goods Choir and the Cyrenes, ukulele players for Ukulele Republic of Canberra, […]


On Forgotten Songs from Australia’s Great Rivers

[In developing their project for One River, Canberra-based artists John Shortis and Moya Simpson trawled through the archives at the National Library to research forgotten songs about rivers and towns throughout the Murray-Darling Basin. These songs are parochial, patriotic and romantic, extolling the particular and peculiar virtues of distinctly Australian rivers and towns. A couple […]


Notes from a Very Small Island

On Sunday 18 August, if you are in Canberra, you will want to see a performance on Aspen Island that is part of the Canberra local project, One River – Life Giver: the event is called ‘Notes From a Very Small Island’ and features project artists John Shortis and Moya Simpson in collaboration with carillonist […]