Lyrics – There’s No Paper Here

In these “interesting times” we are always looking for innovative ways to keep in touch.
We are pleased to share the lyrics of a new Shiny Bums song.
Please enjoy:
There’s No Paper Here“.
Remember: A parody a day keeps the doctor away.
P.S. A responsible, socially distanced, virtual recording will surely follow …

NFF 2020 application – locked and loaded

The Shiny Bum Singers have submitted their application for the 2020 National Folk Festival. 

2020 is a special year for the Bums. It’s the year when the Bums come of age.
After starting on stage at the NFF in 1999, the Bums are ready to celebrate 21 years and knock your socks off with more musicians, more great new songs and more of your old favourites!
We last performed at the NFF in 2015 – can you believe it? It will be 5 years since our last packed out NFF concert?!
* We are planning to launch a new songbook at the NFF. So be sure to check out the festival shop.

Rehearsing for The Loaded Dog

The Shiny Bum Singers are back at The Loaded Dog, this time performing one of their musicals “Rampant Bureaucracy” – a re-enactment of an important time in the political life of MP Wally Doodle leading up to a recent Federal election.  It tells a story of a failed government program complete with political grandstanding, officious advisers, hard-working bureaucrats, consultants, cover-ups and whistleblowing!
The Bums have been performing at The Dog since 2000 and very much enjoy the venue, the hospitality and great audience participation!  This will be their 11th appearance there.


The Shiny Bum Singers rehearsing their popular musical Rampant Bureaucracy for The Loaded Dog gig while, at the same time, working hard on shining those bums (it’s the kind of professionalism that audiences really appreciate).

All sorted comrade

Pollie Wally Doodle, thank you very much

Word Is To The Minister Gone

All Through The Night


Shiny Bums help to launch The Artists Shed

The Shiny Bum Singers perform at the launch of local artist (and Shiny Bum Singer!) Margaret Hadfield’s new art space the “Artists Shed” on 16 June 2019.
Margaret has been singing with the group for almost a year and was very keen to have them at the opening – a huge crowd there and a great success! The Artists Shed is at 88 Wollongong Street Fyshwick and has multiple galleries, exhibitions and art classes. More info at The Artists Shed – Facebook

Selfie Bums


Performing Bums


Crown Lore (AH-EE-OO-AH !!!)

Ten Bum salute …

Vale Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy, a member of the Shiny Bum Singers, has sadly passed away on 10 April 2019 after a short illness.

Kerry is an unimaginable loss.  He was a good friend to many and very considerate of others, and gave a lot of his time in recent years to the Shiny Bum Singers while enjoying retirement.

He will be greatly missed.  We already miss him for all he contributed to the Shiny Bums – to keep us at our best and to keep us in line!

Donna O’Brien OAM

Our very own Donna O’Brien awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

  1. See Donna’s citation in the 2019 Australia Day Honours list.
    (Search the PDF for “Donna” or scroll down to page 50.)
  2. Watch Donna’s investiture ceremony:
    (Fast forward to the 33 minute mark.)

Well done, Donna !

Seize the Day

The Shiny Bum Singers performed their mock opera “Seize the Day” on 10th December 2017 and

again on 1st July 2018 as fundraisers for local charities.

Here are some Images of the Day