Shirley Power & Colin Mockett
Geelong-based duo combining fine music with good humour.
Shirley provides the music, Colin the humour.
Shirley Power is a musician and singer of traditional songs with the voice of an angel. She possesses a pure, clear singing voice as distinctive as her trademark autoharp. (That's Shirley with her autoharp on the right) Shirley is as at home singing in the 1,400-seat Costa Hall backed by the Geelong Philharmonic Orchestra as she is accompanying herself at festivals, in folk clubs or acoustic venues. She has a phenomenal repertoire of traditional and vintage songs, she's as comfortable singing the words of Robert Burns or John Lennon, Henry Lawson or Edith Piaf, Bob Dylan or Eartha Kitt... She regularly sings with the Geelong Authentic Old Time Music Hall, (as saucy Fifi La Bonk, left) with the Geelong Scratch Band Geelong's Mamas & Papas group (below, right) or solo in concert. But she is much more frequently seen in partnership with Colin, presenting two-person shows that mix information with great songs. Their subjects range from the story of Geelong - presented as a potted musical history backed by powerpoint images for conventions or community groups - to musical biographies of Robert Burns, Thomas Moore - or Celtic comedians. But their most popular presentation is simply Shirley and Colin, Humour and Fine Music. Shirley plays guitar, Appalachian Dulcimer and keyboard as well as her autoharp. A former nurse, she is an experienced and accomplished musical therapist. She has recorded three albums, one on vinyl, two on CD. Find details of these on the shop page, and all the presentations on the Drop Of A Hat page.
Colin Mockett provides the duo's humour and writes the shows and presentations. He's a researcher, historian, critic, actor, stand-up comedian, compere, entertainer, raconteur, editor, publisher and producer. He's a literary journeyman with a swag of journalism awards, healthy cynicism, sharp sense of humour and a penchant for witty poetry.
Colin created The Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman live joke-session series - he played The Englishman - and he's one of Geelong's Grumpy Old Men (right) who provide cutting 21st Century live comedy. He's a sought-after compere for big occasions and an accomplished off-the-cuff actor providing surprise 'guests' at conventions and occasions. on call for different occasions. These include Geelong's founder Capt Foster Fyans, 1920s Mayor Howard Hitchcock, Thomas Wills, the man who started Australian Rules Football, (right) and Geelong Botanical Garden's first curator Daniel Bunce. Colin's Captain Fyans (left) and Mayor Howard Hitchcock lead different, happy historical walking tours through Geelong's historic precincts. Colin has published two joke books and edited four books of Geelong senior citizens memories collected during past Seniors Festivals. They're all available on the Shop page, while details of the guided walks are on the Drop Of A Hat page.
Shirley and Colin married in 1990, and their partnership – she with the voice of an angel and he with a devilish sense of humour - has enhanced each of their careers - as well as Geelong's entertainment scene.
In Geelong, they're best known for their Drop Of A Hat shows, tours, concerts and big occasions.
At festivals throughout Australia, they're simply known as the couple who provide fine music and great humour with a highly professional gloss.
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Shirley takes the Cup
That's Shirley holding the AFL 2009 Champions Cup, having (almost) charmed it from the hands of Geelong Football Club president Frank Costa (right) while Linda & Roy Carson and Colin complete a happy crew of supporters. The unexpected photo was taken following Geelong's Concert Of The Decade VIII in the Costa Hall one week after the Grand Final on October 3, 2009. The show had featured Geelong's finest performing artists - including Shirley singing Mama Cass - and was topped off with a surprise appearance by Frank with the cup.
A great face for radio...
That's Colin, as Alfred Deakin, formerly opening the first Radio National forum to be hosted by the Alfred Deakin Research Institute in October 2009. Watching are panel members (from left) Dr Cate Burns, Associate Professor Linda Hancock and the ABC's Matt Peacock. The forum was hosted by Warwick Hadfield and was transmitted as part of Radio National's Life Matters.