The Shiny Bum Singers, a folk group performing Work Songs of the
Public Service, emerged at the National Folk Festival in 1999.
Their songs are new words written to existing tunes (folk,
musicals, pop) which the audiences should know, so that they can
join in. Although songs have identified authors, they are
workshopped by the group, which has significant input. I was
part of the group for the first three years, when I wrote 17 songs
(two co-authored) and am still involved in preparation and
publication of their song books, which are published by Boris Books.
There are also two songs here, on human evolution and duck
shooting, written for the Animal rights songbook, Voices for the Animals, also
based on traditional tunes.