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Stereo Stories in concert 2017
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.
Stereo Stories in concert 2016
On Sunday 7 February we took The High Ground at the exciting new Geelong Library.
Our one-hour show on Sunday 3 April at Williamstown Library featured three new performance stories and an informal, impromptu launch of Jack Gramski’s new CD.
We then played (and filmed) a 90 minute show to a packed house of 250 people at the Williamstown Literary Festival on 18 June 2016, followed a fortnight later with a 45-minute midday gig at the delightful Newport Folk Festival.
In September we played a two-hour dinner show at Write Around The Murray, Albury
Our final show for 2016 was a one-hour concert on Sunday 20 November at the Word for Word Festival in Geelong
Word of mouth
“A multilayered and skilful, original, format, Stereo Stories was awesome at Newstead Short Story Tattoo in May 2015.” – Neil Boyack, Director, Newstead Short Story Tattoo
“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
“Stereo Stories was a huge hit at Williamstown Literary Festival in 2014 and at an even bigger, sold out session held in 2015. Stereo Stories is such a powerful and unique concept. Audiences love the music and they love the stories. Wonderful writing: funny, poignant, wry, mixed with songs. It all comes together in a compelling and hugely satisfying way!” – Loraine Callow, Programming co-ordinator, Williamstown Literary Festival
“Hobsons Bay Libraries was thrilled to be the first library service in Australia to host Stereo Stories. Stereo Stories packed out the Williamstown Library on a lovely autumnal day in April 2015. Over 60 people attended and many more wanted to, but couldn’t fit in!” – Rosemary Clark,
Coordinator, Marketing Hobsons Bay Libraries
Stereo Stories’ debut performance was at the Williamstown Literary Festival in late May 2014. Eight Stereo Stories in the old council chambers.
It was quickly followed by a gig at the Newport Folk Festival in early July 2014. Six Stereo Stories in the old scout hall, with log-fire burning.
On each occasion writers and musicians combined to present stories of love, humor and pathos, with doses of jazz, pop, country and rock. Stories, in stereo.
The Stereo Stories Band of writers and musicians then played at the Newport Bowls Club in Melbourne on Sunday 19 October 2014. Fifteen Stereo Stories, including some bonus tracks! More details.
Listen to Houndog at the Newport Bowls Club.
Listen to Senses Working Overtime at the Newport Bowls Club.
April 2015 Stereo Stories performed a one-hour set at the Williamstown Library. A full house of 60 people enjoyed nine Stereo Stories, including several new pieces, in The Gallery. See Live at The Library!
May 2015 Stereo Stories was part of the 2015 Newstead Short Story Tattoo. We performed a half-hour set at Fire Stories, at the Newstead Racecourse. To slightly reword Michael Nesmith, we were standing in the lovely light of the silver moon, looking over maps of memories for the road. See Fires and a full moon at Newstead.
June 2015 Stereo Stories performed a two-hour set at the Williamstown Town Hall, courtesy of the 2015 Williamstown Literary Festival. The show featured ten Stereo Stories, three bonus solo tracks , a short acapella tribute to the late great Joan Kirner (founding patron of the Willy Lit Fest) and a dance-bracket finale. See Stereo Stories hits high notes at Willy Lit Fest.
Early July 2015 we did a 45 minute bracket at the Newport Folk Festival in Melbourne. See Plenty of fun at Newport Folk Festival
Late July 2015 we did a 90 minute bracket at Victoria University. The evening was hosted by the university’s Professional Writing & Editing course. See A good night for the roses at VU.
September 2015 Stereo Stories performed at Sunshine Library on Saturday afternoon 12 September, 2015, part of the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival. The performance space was the children’s section of the library, so toddlers were coming and going, looking for books or mum or dad, or just wanting to play on the primary-coloured furniture. It was a very enjoyable hour of music and memoir.
The Stereo Stories Band is a creative collective of writers and musicians, the numbers varying according to the type of gig and types of stories.
Vin Maskell (MC)
Darren ‘Smokie’ Dawson
Luke R Davies