Chris Mangan (right) nails the guitar solo in Before Too Long, accompanied by  Peter Maskell, Julie Merritt, Jack Gramski, and (behind Jack, out of view)  drummer Anthony Shortte.Photo by Jesse Maskell.

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 venue is the home of local theatre group The Wangaratta Players, four of whom made their Stereo Stories debut. Rick Harnwell, Neil Foster, Jane White and Ali Comensoli narrated six of the evening’s ten stories. They were joined by two members of the Stereo Stories troupe, Rijn Collins and Vin Maskell, and backed, of course, by the best band in the land.

The night kicked off with the starkness of State Trooper and finished with a rousing blues jam. In-between were stories inspired by The Beatles, Bon Iver, Tom Waits, Elliot Smith, Goanna, Culture Club, Paul Kelly, Paul Butterfield and Wangaratta’s very own Nick Cave.

A huge thank you to local bluesman Luke R Davies, who made the whole shebang possible – from successfully applying for funding from the Rural City of Wangaratta to providing all the PA equipment to mixing the sound to leading the blues jam finale. Luke, we can’t thank you enough.

Our next show is at the Williamstown Literary Festival on Saturday evening 17 June. Save the date. (It booked out last year.)

Notes for Rick Kane’s story about Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?