Photos by Eric Algra. Geelong Library, February 2016. Smokie Dawson pausing during his narration, the band playing.
Without The Stereo Stories Band there would be no Stereo Stories concerts at all. The band weaves the music of each song through the narration of the writer’s story about the song. They play in the key of versatility, from country to blues to rock to pop to hip hop, and beyond.
The line-up of the band may vary from show to show, according to the set list.
The core of the band is:
Stephen Andrew (vocals, guitars, music director)
Jack Gramski (vocals, guitar)
Peter Maskell (vocals, guitars, music director)
Anthony Shortte (drums, percussion)
Rob Gador (bass)
Luke R Davies (harmonica, vocals)
Julie Merritt (vocals)
Chris Phillips (vocals)
Salvatore Romita (piano accordion)
Reuben Maskell (percussion)
Chris Mangan (bass, keyboards, mandolin)
Steph Payne (vocals)
Zoe Krupka (vocals)
Jennifer Lund (piano)
So, what does the band sound like? Take a look at our YouTube footage or listen to our Soundcloud recordings. Or come along to a show! (We’re at Newport Bowls Club on Saturday evening 25 November.)
Peter Maskell and Anthony Shortte.
Zoe Krupka singing Jackson, with Stephen Andrew.
Salvatore Romita. Photo by Eric Algra. (Williamstown Library, 2015)
Chris Phillips, Rob Gador and Stephen Andrew. Photo courtesy of Gerry Nelson, Newport Folk Festival.
Anthony Shortte (percussion), Chris Mangan (bass) and Luke R Davies (harmonica). Photo courtesy of Write Around the Murray Festival, Albury.
Julie Merritt channels June Carter during Jackson. Photo courtesy of Write Around the Murray Festival, Albury.