Allan Caswell is a Singer/Songwriter of enormous talent, with two #1 songs on Australia's Rock Charts and 400 of his songs recorded worldwide with "On the inside" topping the British Charts twice ten years apart!!. With An ARIA award, an APRA Award, 5 Gold Guitars, a platinum album, two gold singles, a gold video and 4 gold albums for his writing and production work on the hugely successful children's albums by Don Spencer, to his credit Allan's resume is among the most impressive in Australia. His concert delivery - sensitive, sardonic and satirical is a real crowd pleaser.
His new album 'Don't Count On it' with Gangajang's legendary Buzz Bidstrup shows a new and harder edged side to this ever creative talent.
Pat Drummond forged his formidable reputation in Sydney hotels in the late 70's and early '80s and he has made an enormous impact in the festivals and concert venues since 1991. His 'stand up' comedy songs on the amazingly successful 'Naked Poets' CDs in recent years have given him an impressive national profile, but his comedic genius is, however, only a narrow glimpse of this truly remarkable Australian talent.
Described by his peers as a
'Songwriter's Songwriter,' his solo work over 9 albums has profoundly
impressed the critics and his fans alike. Three Bush Laureate
Awards, three TSA First The Song Songwriting Awards,
five final nominations in Toyota Country Music Golden
Guitar, voted Independent Country Music Artist Of the Year
in 2000; he writes everything from hard-edged politics and
mini-movie novelettes to 'gritty realism' biographies set within
the framework of the five-minute song. High power lyrics and his
legendary on-stage delivery make him a spellbinding addition to
Brent Parlane, must definitely be one of the best singer/songwriters in Australian Country/Folk, one who has doggedly followed his own muse and one who can be rated alongside the likes of John Prine, and Nanci Griffith, and one who can be relied upon to deliver the goods. Since 1993 when Brent won the Golden Guitar for Best New Talent, he has racked up seven final nominations and four albums including the classic ABC album, "Tex Loves Daisy" in 1995.
His new album through Shoestring, 'Happy Note', is a powerful and intense piece of work by an artist at his peak. Parlane characteristically pulls no punches and refuses to shy away from tough issues.
Karen Lynne's writing and performance achievements are myriad. Her win in The Victorian Country Music Awards this year came hot on the heels of 5 Grand Finalist nominations in "Golden Guitar" Awards and The TSA "Contemporary Country Song of the year" in 2001 (With Pat Drummond). That award followed up her 1999 win for "Grandma Used to Say" (Co-written with Heather Field and James Gillard)
It is inevitable, however, that her songwriting is often overshadowed in the public eye by her prowess as a singer. Karen is an absolutely stunning vocalist whose 4 albums have become firm favourites with broadcasters around Australia. Two Top 5 singles in recent times and if the enthusiasm of her fans is any indication, many more to come..
K'crasher, Shoestring new signing, is unique. She has a crystal clear voice, and a sense of humour, warmth and conviction that distinguish her as an entertainer who can immediately establish a relationship, both friendly and intimate with her audience, moving them to tears one minute and laughter the next.
"I only sing songs that I believe in, I can't sing what I don't feel. " she says. Maintaining a balance in performances between the serious and the light hearted, K'crasher's influences are wide and eclectic. At home with the blues or soul music, her performances of her own compositions have received enthusiastic acclaim wherever she performs them. Powerful lyrics drawn from her own experiences connect with people at a profound level. K'crasher is capable of being both bitingly insightful and compassionate at the same time, not to mention stark raving Mad.