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.
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
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
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