Stereo Stories' first concert for 2017 was a 90-minute show at The Stage Door Studio, an intimate performance space tucked away in a corner of the Wangaratta Showgrounds. The night kicked off with the starkness of State Trooper and finished with a rousing blues jam.
Vin Maskell Moggs Creek, Australia; 1983 to 2013 The third and final part of our series about family, a beach house and its record collection.
Vin Maskell Moggs Creek, Australia, 1983 to 2013 Part 2 of our three-part series about family, a beach house and its record collection: from The Screaming Tribesmen to The Girl From Ipanema.
Luke R Davies Blacktown, New South Wales, 1986 It was hairs standing up and goose bumps time. I am an atheist and this was as close to a religious experience I was ever going to get.
Rijn Collins Northcote, 2007 They took the chairs closest to the door, leaving me the couch. I realised too late that this blocked my exit. The tall one stared at me, his mouth slightly open. Sideburns grinned. And then the CD player whirred into action and gave me an omen, straight from 1971: the bluesy wail of I Smell Trouble. And I did. Fuck, did I ever.
Dawn Corrigan Salt Lake City, Utah, October 22, 2003 Kelly’s job was playing hostess to those Aerosmith fans who paid $600 for The Velvet Rope Experience. “You know how some people have always wanted to go to Paris? This is their Paris.”
Mattski No through road on the Surf Coast, Victoria, January 2008 Mildura, inland, a dusty spring, 2008 I had hit my mid 20s and was on another no through road. Out of desperation I had picked up an acoustic guitar and tried to teach myself to extract a tone from the gravel and dust of it all.
Alice Bishop The Mississippi, April 2013 The cotton fields lie fallow. Awash. I watch the swirls and eddies and the floating debris.
Luke R Davies Cambridge Park, western suburbs of Sydney. Early 1980s. It blew me away and blew me straight into the local music shop to get one of those blues harps.
Stereo Stories in concert
Our first show for 2017 was a 90 minute concert on Saturday 18 February in Wangaratta, northern Victoria.
Our next show is at the Williamstown Town Hall on Saturday 17 June, part of the Williamstown Literary Festival. Save the date, folks. The show was booked out last year.
Smokie and the band. Photo by Eric Algra. Geelong Library, February 2016
“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. ” – Michael Stewart, Director, Newport Folk Festival, Melbourne
For more comments by festival directors, see Word of Mouth
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)