Stereo Stories in concert

Our next gig is a 90 minute dinner show at Write Around The Murray, Albury, on Saturday evening, 10 September. More details soon.

Our latest gig was a 45 minute set at the Newport Folk Festival in Melbourne on2 July, where we debuted our Into The Mystic story.

Meanwhile we’ve dipped our toes into the world of YouTube, with footage from our sell-out show at the Williamstown Literary Festival on Saturday 18 June 2016. Many thanks to writers, musicians, organisers and audience for a terrific evening of music and memoir. And huge thanks to BenZen Video Productions for filming and editing the evening.


“Stereo Stories has emerged from a melting pot of writers and musicians to become one of the most interesting ways for people to enjoy, understand, and connect with the live performance of songs that have been pivotal in people’s lives. The writing is as polished as the musicians are professional, and I have no hesitation in recommending Stereo Stories as a performance piece for a festival, an afternoon’s entertainment, or as the centre piece of an arts exhibition.” – Michael Stewart, Director, Newport Folk Festival , Melbourne

For enquiries about performances, contact Vin Maskell

For details of previous shows, see our Gig Guide


Tell us a story, a Stereo Story

We publish well-written, evocative, concise stories about ‘a song, a place, a time’.

You’re welcome to write about all sorts of songs, including songs that are already here on the site.

How many words? Up to 800, thanks.

More details at Write for us.

“A song’s not a song without a bit of your life wrapped around it.” Steven Carroll, The Art Of The Engine Driver (p248)

Sea of Joy by Blind Faith

Bruce Jenkins
Bentleigh East, Melbourne, 1969

How different from tinny snatches of tunes captured from passing transistors: like smells drifting from strangers’ kitchens. This time I would actually hear an album on a real stereo.

Never My Love by The Association

Laura Grace Weldon
Ohio living room,1970

Supervising little kids’ baths was one of my dad’s chores in the parental division of duties, so he’d sit on the toilet lid singing and strumming the guitar while we played in the tub.

Sanu Ik Pal Chen Na Ave (I cannot find a moment’s peace) by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Azlan Jahan, post 1947-48 Kashmiri War
Fiction by Zainab Nasim

The gramophone resounds in the galleries of the haveli, stirring it awake. As the needle twirled around delicately on the vinyl, he closed his eyes softly settling comfortably into his rocking chair with his stack of letters and a lit cigar.

“It is not like I am not proud to be a martyr’s father, Bittoo ,” he said to his grandson.

Into the mystic of Newport: Stereo Stories in concert

Newport, Melbourne
Saturday 2 July, 2016

Stereo Stories performed a 45-minute bracket at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival in Melbourne on Saturday 2 July. We were the first cab off the rank, with a midday gig on the festival’s main stage at the Newport Bowls Club. Take a look, folks.

Sunday Morning Coming Down by Kris Kristofferson

Rijn Collins
Joutsa, Finland. October 2015
The feminist in me battles with the linguist, and I waver between correcting his English and biting his arm. I do neither, as the song on stage floats into my awareness.

Stereo Stories in concert – now on YouTube!

We’ve dipped our toes into the world of YouTube, with footage from our sell-out show at the Williamstown Literary Festival on Saturday 18 June 2016. We have just two clips on YouTube at the moment but hope to add a story every now and then from the Lit Fest show. Many thanks to writers, musicians, [Read more]

My Prayer by The Platters (via Tiny Tim)

Alan Attwood
Sydney, February 1979
Melbourne, 1984

He was wearing a satin clown suit with big black pom-poms, and his schtick was well-rehearsed, but he was also engaging. I felt some sympathy for a singer who’d allowed himself to be pigeon-holed under ‘E’ for eccentrics. The room was strewn with sheet-music.

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head by BJ Thomas

Diane Kendig
Camelot Music, Stark County, Ohio 1971

Right after a difficult customer had left the store, Frank would say, “I gotta get outta retail!” This was usually after the 900th person of the week asking for Rubber Ducky or Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head on a 45.

Devil’s Food and The Black Widow by Alice Cooper

Andy Griffiths
Heathmont, 1976

It was a sleepy Sunday afternoon in Heathmont sometime in 1976 when I disappeared down the rabbit hole of Alice Cooper’s dark and twisted nightmare. All appeared—on the surface, at least—to be well with the world.

Russians by Sting

Nathan Johnson
South-Eastern Australia, 1985

Sometimes we travel far away and I feel like we’ve reached the end of the world. Wagga Wagga, Yass, Goulburn. I trace our route excitedly with a highlighter on my fold-out map of Australia.