Stereo Stories Live 2016

Our next shows are Williamstown Literary Festival (18 June, 90 minutes, BOOKED OUT) and Newport Folk Festival (2 July, 45 minutes).

Guest writers at our Williamstown Literary Festival are Andy Griffiths, Brian Nankervis, Paul Bateman, Lucia Nardo, Rijn Collins, Zoe Krupka, Clare Boyd-Macrae and Darren ‘Smokie’ Dawson. Hosted and curated by Vin Maskell.

They will be backed by The Stereo Stories Band: Peter Maskell, Jack Gramski, Rob Gador, Stephen Andrew and Anthony Shortte, with guest appearances from Jennifer Lund (grand piano) and Salvatore Romita (piano accordion).

Saturday evening 18 June, 7.30pm. Williamstown Town Hall. THIS SHOW IS BOOKED OUT


We’ll be doing a 45 minute set at the Newport Folk Festival in Melbourne on Saturday, 2 July, kicking off at 12 noon. Hope to see you there.

“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)

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 I was a young newspaper reporter for The Age, based in Melbourne. Late in 1978 I was sent north to work in their Sydney bureau, which seemed like a foreign posting. I headed up the Hume Highway with all my belongings, including an absurdly large pair of speakers, [Read more]

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.

Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven

Carrye Harris
Jaunay-Clan, France 1961
A hospital, Texas, 1981
Spring Branch, Texas 2016

I made my way to the hospital elevators, rode down to the main floor in silence. Stopped, went into the gift shop. Glanced through the paperbacks, trailed fingers across book spines, moved on to magazines, past newborn gifts, cut flowers in vases, live plants in ceramic dishes. I stopped at a display of small gift items at the back of the store.

The Cape by Guy Clark

Lucia Nardo
Family gathering, Melbourne, 1996

I felt a plum-size lump, unyielding to my touch. Dan yelped with pain. That moment is etched in my memory. I knew our lives were about to change. I wanted to push the lump back down, along with all the terror it was about to unleash.

Wide Open by The Chemical Brothers

Fiction by Jesse Maskell
Falls Festival, Victoria, 2016

The best moments are supposed to be ahead but this is it. In five hours I’ll be head-in-an-ocean Chemical Brothers play Wide Open 40 minutes into their set and I’ll look around for Karti, Caitos, through the dim flashing crowd seeing iconic hero friends in moments.

Our next show! 18 June at Willy Lit Fest

Our next show is at Williamstown Literary Festival on Saturday evening 18 June, with Brian Nankervis, Andy Griffiths, Rijn Collins, Lucia Nardo, and more.

Between The Bars by Elliott Smith

Maria Majsa
One bedroom apartment, Herne Bay, Auckland 2007

You can fall in love with songs just like you can fall in love with people and because I discovered Elliott Smith after he’d died, it was like falling in love and breaking up at the same time.