Allan Caswell has, for a number of years, been considered one of Australia’s most successful and most recorded songwriters. He is the go to co writer for many of Australia’s top Country Artists. He brings a wealth of experience, skill and craft to every writing session and in recent years he has been drawn more and more to passing on the knowledge, principles and tricks of the trade to new and established writers around the country in his songwriting workshops.

“I can teach you things in 5 minutes that took me 35 years of trial and error to learn and I can also teach you things that I learned in 5 minutes from someone else who had put in the 35 years … it’s about sharing and passing things on … and I’m passionate about it.”

 Allan Caswell’s performing, songwriting and recording will, in no way be compromised by the workshops. His album Carpenter Caswell with Michael Carpenter is well underway and has already garnered them 2 Top 10 singles and his 50 YEARS IN OZ album, which has already produced the hits Golden Days (featuring The Weeping Willows) and the Number 1 single Nothing Left For Them will have a third single Hero Just The Same released at the end of April. He still has a huge writing and co writing schedule, which in 2016 achieved 64 recordings of his songs in a single year.

His songwriting workshops have changed the balance of his touring schedule though. On a recent tour of Queensland, instead of the usual 5 shows and a workshop he did 4 workshops and 2 concerts.

“No two workshops are the same … my workshops are very question driven and always involve lots of ‘hands on’ songwriting. His Old Piano, which is one of the favorites from 50 YEARS IN OZ, was written as an exercise with 7 students at a songwriting workshop I ran in Theebine, Queensland.”

 

Caswell loves the time he spends writing with the students at the Senior and Junior Academies of Country Music and the more formal songwriting workshops but the model that has evolved recently of  (the almost House Concert style) of find 10 enthusiastic songwriters … of any age, a comfortable room and do it … works really well. Caswell has already taken his workshops to a number of towns in Queensland, NSW and Melbourne and hopes to build on this in 2017 and 2018.

TESTIMONIALS 

Great workshop on Saturday, I took a lot away from it, I can start on getting a few songs finished now. Jeff Hill

Thank you Allan for your great hospitality and your willingness to share your talents. It was a fantastic and enjoyable day with great people. Friendships were made but best of all everyone had so much fun. You are truly gifted. Mark Peagam

Had a great day. Well worthwhile and a lot of fun. Paul Crowder

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

MELBOURNE …                       JULY 15TH

 GLADSTONE (Q) …                   AUGUST 5TH

 THEEBINE (Q) …                       AUGUST 12TH AND 13TH

 MT VICTORIA (NSW) …             SEPTEMBER 2ND AND 3RD (TSA AND SONGS ALIVE AUSTRALIA) WITH ROGER CORBETT

ALL ENQUIRIES: allan@allancaswell.com

 

 

 

 

Ok this is why I am running … APRA is a monopoly. I am not saying that this is a bad thing … i believe they do quite a good job but if you look at the make up of its board half of them are publishers. Approximately 88% of all songwriters are independent.
If you consider that half of the Board of the body that oversees huge decisions that affect the livelihoods of all songwriters really are only concerned with the interests of 12% of them, there seems to be a deep inequity. I don’t subscribe to the one man one vote idea. I believe that people who have worked really hard, been successful and are more involved in issues that affect their futures deserve some kind of increased influence but when, numerically, 88% of writers are independent they need a bigger say in decisions the Board makes that can positively or adversely affect their careers.
I understand that Board decisions should be confidential but I feel that better communications with members is essential and,as independents, we need someone we can talk to.
I am a songwriter first and an independent songwriter second. Should I be elected I will be representing the rights of all writers … we all face the same hard and uncertain future.

“Biggest Night” caps the “Biggest Year” of Caswell’s career.

 At the presentation of the Southern Star Awards in Mildura Allan Caswell picked up an unprecedented 5 awards … Heritage, Single, Male Vocal and Album of the Year and the coveted Independent Country Artist of the Year. His friend Seleen McAlister won Female Artist Of The Year singing Caswell’s song “On The Inside”. Earlier in the week Caswell celebrated the 50th anniversary of his arrival in Australia.

2016 has already been the biggest year of his career. In January he picked up his 7th Golden Guitar (with Manfred Vijars) for Bush Ballad Of The Year. A few weeks ago he also broke a personal record of 52 songs recorded in a year (set in the 80s) … he has now had 56 songs recorded this year … and it’s only September.

The first single off the 50 YEARS IN OZ album, Nothing Left For Them (written with his wife Marian) gave Caswell his first Number One as an artist since 1989 and the new single Golden Days (a delightful collaboration with The Weeping Willows) goes to radio in late October. As if this wasn’t enough a recording with Michael Carpenter called Back When I Was Older has also hit the Country Tracks Chart.

“I love being an independent,“ said Caswell … “you don’t have to sit around waiting for people to make decisions on your behalf … you go ahead and get it done”. He also praised his producer Roger Corbett, his label Shoestring Records and the many great writers and musicians who contribute to his recordings. “When it stops being fun I’ll stop but, for now, I’m writing and recording my best stuff ever so I see no reason to slow down.

 

 

 

 

It’s 50 years since Allan Caswell and his family arrived in Australia from England. In that time Caswell has established a huge reputation as a singer/songwriter and almost legendary status in Country Music.

He is one of Australia’s most recorded songwriters with well over 600 of his songs being released around the world by artists of the calibre of Cilla Black, Patti Page, The Irish Rovers, The Living End, Slim Dusty, Barry Humphries, Ricki May, James Blundell, Jasmine Rae, McAlister Kemp, Graeme Connors, The Wolfe Brothers, Anne Kirkpatrick, Chad Morgan, Lynne Hamilton, The Delltones, Jade Hurley, Ella Hooper among dozens of others.

Caswell has also built a big reputation as a writer of children’s songs as, among other projects, the cowriter and co-producer of the hugely successful Don Spencer albums.

In 1979 Caswell wrote the theme for the Australian television series “Prisoner” (Cell Block H in England) … “On The Inside” was a number 1 hit in Australia and New Zealand in 1979 and later reached number 3 in the UK and the Patti Page version made the country charts in the USA. After the success of “On The Inside” he went fulltime and has made a living writing and performing ever since. Recently rising star Seleen McAlister took the song to Number 1 on the Australian Country charts.

The plan is for Caswell to go back to as many of the places he has played over the last 50 years as he can. This is no easy task given that Caswell’s performing career has taken him to virtually every town in NSW to every state of Australia, New Zealand, LA, New York, Nashville, East Timor, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

A glittering career in Country Music in Australia has netted Caswell 7 Golden Guitars (Country Music Awards Of Australia) from 31 finalist nominations … he has also been awarded 10 songwriting Awards from the Tamworth Songwriters Association, including The Songmaker Award … a virtual Hall Of Fame for country songwriters. He has won 4 Awards at the Independent Country Music Awards (Southern Stars) including Album Of The Year for his last 2 albums. For the last 3 years there has been hardly a week when there hasn’t been at least one song (often 2 or 3) on the Australian Country charts. He is the go to cowriter for many of Australia’s top country artists.

2016 is off to a flying start with 2 nominations for the Golden Guitars and winning the coveted Golden Guitar for “Bush Ballad Of The Year” with good friend Manfred Vijars. He also scored a Top 10 record with “Shelly’s Song”

 To celebrate his “50 years in Oz”, Allan Caswell is also planning to make a long overdue return to his country of birth and plans to mark the occasion by performing a series of concerts to showcase the writing and performing abilities of this iconic Australian artist.

If you would like to be part of 50 Years In Oz, contact Allan Caswell on 0419218988 or 02 47881060, allan@allancaswell.com or go to  www.allancaswell.com