Stereo Stories in concert



Our final show for 2016 was Sunday, 20 November, the closing event of the Word For Word Festival, in Geelong.

Our first show for 2017 will be Saturday 18 February in Wangaratta. Details soon.

“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

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


Music and memoir. Story and song. Peter and Vin Maskell at Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, February 2016. Photo by Eric Algra.

The Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven

Nimity James
Theodor W. Adorno, the German philosopher, said we don’t understand music. Rather, music understands us.

Hollywood Waltz by The Eagles

Mark Schier
California, 1990

We sat on the train and plugged into our portable cassette players with those 1990s chunky headphones. I’m not sure what my wife listened to, but for me there was only one choice.

Brimful of Asha by Cornershop (Norman Cook remix)

Stephen Andrew
The road from Hurstbridge to St Andrews, summer, 2000

I pulled off the road and spun the wheel of my iPod. I dialled up Cornershop singing Brimful of Asha. Tenzin listened intently and then said, “Play that again, Dad.”

Note for note at Word For Word Festival

Stereo Stories’ final show for 2016 was the closing event of the Word For Word Festival at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre on Sunday 20 November. The one hour concert included a short tribute to Leonard Cohen, and the debut on the Stereo Stories stage of New Zealand writer Maria Majsa. Piano accordionist Salvatore [Read more]

Ain’t No Cure For Love by Leonard Cohen (Jennifer Warnes version)

Vin Maskell
Palliative care hospital ward, Melbourne, 2014

The yellow line takes you to the Multiple Sclerosis ward. Green for Motor Neurone Disease. Blue for Parkinson’s Disease. You keep an eye on the yellow line as you side-step trolleys and wheelchairs, patients and nurses, volunteers and other visitors.

The joy of being onstage with Stereo Stories

Darren ‘Smokie’ Dawson
Various venues, Victoria, New South Wales, 2015, 2016

Never in my wildest dreams did I envisage how my short tale of a doomed teenage relationship would give me such a great rush every time I took to the lectern to share it. At a Stereo Stories show, a writer’s words are given greater depth and clarity by the excellent Stereo Stories band.

Jesse James by South Memphis String Band

Colin Ritchie
DBA’S New Orleans, April 2015

“Jimbo Mathus is playing tonight at DBA’s, anyone interested?”

Jimbo Mathus?

To be honest I had never heard of him but as the suggestion was coming from Brian, our tour leader, undoubtedly, it was an option worth pursuing.

Castle In The Sky by DJ Satomi

Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga
My air-conditioned bedroom, South Florida, 2008

Headphones wrapped me inside a beating universe racing towards infinity, keeping me awake on nights when I did, or didn’t complete, my homework.

Prelude: Song Of The Gulls and Islands by King Crimson

Vin Maskell
Geelong, 1971, Melbourne 1974

My eldest brother didn’t own many records.

If my memory serves me well, the albums he listened to were by The Beatles, a rebel country songwriter, some Dylan and Clapton, a little art rock, and some English pop by a red-headed protégé of Elton John.

Re: Stacks by Bon Iver

Paul Bateman
Melbourne, 6 March 2010

Our guests arrived in a state of heightened excitement, united instantaneously by their shared experience of the raging storm. We crowded together in the dining lounge, where Shirley and I took our vows beneath the specials board.