Almanac Music – Stereo Stories: Congratulations to Vin Maskell and all the performers

Congratulations to the Stereo Stories crew who sold out the Williamstown Town Hall on Saturday night for one of the highlights of the Willy Lit Fest.


I’m looking forward to reading some reports of the event – attended by over 400. If you were there, leave a comment at the end of this post. As you will see the program included a number of Almanac contributors – Vin, Smokie Dawson, Lucia Nardo.


Here’s the set list. CLICK HERE.



Smokie Dawson doing a bit of prep.

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three kids - Theo13, Anna11, Evie10. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition is to lunch for Australia.


  1. Yvette Wroby says

    I was sitting upstairs with John Butler, his wife Marion and many others. Loved the night but the sound was dreadful upstairs. Couldn’t hear the readings but channeled my mother (or myself) and went down and chatted to desk staff on sound table at intermission. They were in the middle of fixing it as others had also spoken to them.
    The rest was brilliant. Terrific stories, talented musicians, and next year, they will know how to get the sound upstairs properly. Most people stuck it out and it was worth it. Second half really clear and relaxing.

    Such an original concept. This was my first stereo stories and I loved it.

  2. Couldn’t go but well done all. Sounds like a ripper night.

  3. John Butler says

    Yes, a few sound issues upstairs on the balcony, due to it being a space not previously used. All resolved by night’s end and I’d doubt they’d reoccur. I also sampled the sound from the main floor area, and it was immaculate.

    Technical discussions aside, what a fun night! Andy Griffiths really missed his calling with all those exploding bum books. Silver Cylinder should have been his real calling.

    Though I fear Smokey Dawson looks likely to go all Hollywood on us if he isn’t careful. :) #shinbonerrockstar #gonetohishead

  4. Andrew Fithall says

    I was fortunate to have snared a table on the floor where there were no sound issues. This was a very entertaining evening. The Footy Almanac was given a couple of mentions by Vin, and Smokie was a fine ambassador. Most on my table hadn’t previously experienced Stereo Stories and all were effusive in their praise. Competition for tables is going to be even more competitive next year. I shouldn’t be telling you this.

    Well done to all involved.


  5. Andrew Fithall says

    Congratulations also to Yvette Wroby, Kerrie Soraghan and John Harms on their Living Footy session in the council chambers on Saturday morning. Well attended (there were at least 3 current or former Hobson’s Bay mayors in the audience – that has to be significant) and enjoyed.

  6. Folks,
    It was a most enjoyable night.
    Disappointing to have some technical issues, but that hall is just so big.
    Glad that you all enjoyed the evening.

  7. Thanks everyone. Stereo Stories is a curious creature, but it seems to work.
    We’re at Albury in September and in Newport in November.
    Here are a few pics from the Willy Lit Fest show.

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