Shiny Bum Singers - The Omnibum

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The Shiny Bum Singers are a vocally inspiring and visually entertaining group of mostly public servants who sing their own wicked parodies about the working life of the Australian Public Service. They also stray into political satire but never sedition...
Founded in the a cappella tradition - guitars, keyboards, bouzoukis, ukuleles, shakers, 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 for most of the last 9 years, featuring this year with a number of performances, workshops and guest spots in packed venues. They have toured extensively around the ACT, regional New South Wales and Victoria, and played to enthusiastic audiences in Sydney's top folk venues. Five of the thirteen or so Bums toured the UK in May 2007.
They are regularly invited to entertain at Government and Public Service conferences and dinners, including the prestigious Prime Minister's awards. The Group was happy to present a complimentary copy of our CD to Dr. Peter Shergold, the then Head of the Australian Public Service - although the content isn't always complimentary about the organisation over which he presided. More recently in February 2008 the Bums performed at Dr. Shergold's farewell as head of the Prime Minister's Department. In June, the Bums helped to farewell Jeff Whalan, a self described folk-tragic, from his position as CEO at Centrelink.
No subject in the workplace is safe from the finely honed fingers of the group's talented writers, nor is any folk song (or any other song for that matter) immune to their unique style of parody.
The Shiny Bum Singers are: Chris Clarke, Maria Greene, Tim Keeble, Kerry Kennedy, David Meyers, Susie Gill, Arminel Ryan, Pat Ryan, Annette Selwood, Frankie Seymour, Therese Smith, Claire Stoneman, Jim Street.

CD REVIEW - By Bruce Watson

1. To review the book The Omnibum,
a complete compendium
of the songs of the Shiny Bum
2. It is understood that ten years
ago a small number of Canberra
bureaucrats, inspired by a shanty
workshop, decided to submit
a joke application to the National
3. Folk Festival as the fi ctional
“Shiny Bum Singers”, to perform
worksongs of the Public Service.
4. To their surprise, the application
was accepted, so in quick time
they had to pull together a repertoire
– and a band!
5. Since 1999 the Bums have gone
from strength to strength. They
have had approximately thirty
members over the years, many
of whom have contributed songs

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 28 June, 2009.


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