Almanac Music: Stereo Stories at The Memo.

Stereo Stories, the music and memoir show created by Almanacker Vin Maskell, kicks off 2022 with a show at The Memo, St Kilda on Sunday afternoon, 9 January.

Almanac Music: Stereo Stories LIVE @memomusichall!

Stereo Stories, a partner project of the The Footy Almanac since 2014, will be performing at The Memo Music Hall in November. Get on down!

Almanac Local Footy: Wanted – one second-hand scoreboard clock

Mordialloc Football Club, in Melbourne’s south, is on the lookout for a second-hand (so to speak) scoreboard clock. The Scoreboard Pressure website is trying to help. (And we’re happy to help them – Ed).

Almanac Music: Stereo Stories at the Bendigo Writers Festival

The Bendigo Writers Week is shortly upon us. The Stereo Stories Team is part of the programme and will be presenting ten stories in stereo.

Almanac Music – Stereo Stories: Facebook on my mind

The recent Facebook changes didn’t just impact the Almanac – partner site Stereo Stories also had to work out a way forward. Site founder Vin Maskell ruminates on an interesting week and a slow return to normality.

In search of The Reverse Torp

Vin M ponders the past and the future of The Reverse Torp. A real kick? A party trick? A furphy? His quest takes him to Woodville, Norwood, North Melbourne, the MCG, Birregurra…

The fourth jumper

Vin Maskell’s trio of particularly personal football jumpers is now a quartet, courtesy of a recent gift from a coach.

Almanac poetry: The sweet spot

Vin M remembers his mum and aunty while having a kick with his cousin.

Three jumpers

Vin Maskell re-visits, and updates, his football jumper stories, threading through themes of life and remembrance.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 6 – Essendon v Hawthorn: The Buddy show slams the hapless Bombers

Vin Maskell went to the MCG for some Saturday arvo footy. With the game teetering each way, it was Lance Franklin who put on a heroic performance to push his Hawks to victory.

Almanac Music: Cheap Trick and The Beatles

What do Cheap Trick and The Beatles have in common? A fair bit, says David Oke.

Meeting Geoff Blethyn

Sometimes writing takes you to surprising places, and so does a T/shirt! Vin Maskell explains why.

Almanac Music – Stereo Stories: Daryl Braithwaite batting. Rick Kane bowling.

When Rick Kane was 13 he was part of the Norm O’Neil Cricket Coaching Clinic at the WACA. One Saturday morning training was cut short because a touring pop group had arrived.

The meanings of Making Gravy

What does the Paul Kelly song How To Make Gravy mean to you? Cassandra Atkinson thought she knew the song well, until her parents split up.

Jeff Dowsing + teenage mix-tape = Stereo Story

Jeff Dowsing’s novel, Undercurrents, includes rules for a teenage boy making a 1980s mixtape for a teenage girl. Compare your guidelines, and your mixtape, to his.

Rick Kane + 1916 Easter Uprising = Stereo Story

On a recent visit to Belfast Rick Kane wrestled with his heritage and the Irish troubles. Then, in a lttle bar called Fibber Magee’s, he heard a song that ‘married the personal to the political, the blood of resistance to the marrow of love’.

Almanac Book Review – How the West was One

Blow-in Vin Maskell (who has only lived in the west since 1986) reviews the wonderful new collection of memoirs about growing up in the Melbourne’s Western Suburbs. How the West was One is a lovable book.

Stereo Stories’ final show for 2017 – this Saturday at Newport Bowls Club

Almanackers Smokie Dawson and Rick Kane will be front and centre at the final Stereo Stories concert for 2017. They’ll be amongst half-a-dozen writers sharing the stage with The Stereo Stories Band next Saturday night at the Newport Bowls Club, Melbourne.

Butler + hitchhiking + Chisel = Stereo Story

John Butler can make you laugh and he can make you – if not cry – then ponder the deeper moments. This time it’s via the Cold Chisel song My Turn To Cry.

My life in music in the west by Mark Ferrie

In this extract from How the West was One, musician Mark Ferrie (Models, RocKwiz Orchestra) pays tribute to his friend, the late, great Ross Hannaford.