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The Missing Beats


Presented by The Songs of Tom Smith

A musical celebration of the creative perspective of women

To celebrate the creative perspective of women we have made an event of 3 nights with all acts fronted by women.

The new Songs of Tom Smith album is called The Missing Beats and is inspired by the unrecognised women writers of the Beat Generation. It features the singing voices of 2 Adelaide women: Jo Zealand and Susie Skinner.

The songs on the album take their subject matter from the work of women such as Diane di Prima, Bonnie Bremser, Joan Volmer, Caroline Cassady and Joyce Johnson. They not only wrote, published or facilitated vital work but also supported the men who were happy to benefit from their labour. Men like Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg may have set out to challenge the status quo but often ended up abusing the privileges of the very power structures they hoped to dismantle.

Trigger Warning:
Having to live on the fringes of society to pursue a creative life put the women depicted in these songs in danger of sexual assault, illegal abortions, having children taken away, domestic violence and even institutionalisation. The songs are intended to promote thought and discussion but may be disturbing for some people.

Check out the other great acts on the bills who will be singing songs based on their own experiences and perspectives as creative women. Each event will include a solo act as opener, followed by The Missing Beats performance and a final act to close out the evening and get the audience up and dancing.

Aug 2 @ Cave Inn: June Low, The Missing Beats, Waiting for Brenda (7pm to 10pm)
Aug 3 @ Shirley’s: Simia Seeker Band, The Missing Beats, The Melancholics (7pm to 10pm)
Aug 4 @ Shirley’s: Full Power Happy Hour (Solo), The Missing Beats, One Track Pony (3pm to 6pm)



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Shirley's in Yeerongpilly. Address provided on ticket purchase.
$ 10.00
Shirley's in Yeerongpilly. Address provided on ticket purchase.
$ 5.00
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    180 mins

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    Queensland Premiere


    Partial wheelchair access - Access to the main performance space but not to stage or toilets. - Step-free access - No hearing loop - No accessible bathrooms - No reserved accessible parking - On-street parking for permit holders - Assistance dogs are allowed in all areas of the venue - Mixed seating - Please check with the venue for all accessibility information


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    Arrive 30-45 minutes before the show start time unless otherwise stated in the show description.

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    Licensed to serve alcohol. No food available.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we present Anywhere Festival, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Jinibara, Turrbal and Yuggera Peoples. We wish to pay respect to their Elders - past, present and emerging - and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their stories continue to play.