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Allan CASWELL (1982)

Allan Caswell

1952 - Born on the 9th of March in Chester, England.

1980 – Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year with “King of the Rodeo”.

1981 – Golden Guitar for APRA Song of the Year with “One Armed Bandit” co-written with his brother Brian.

1982 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

1986 – Golden Guitar APRA Song of the Year with “The Garden”.

2004 - His song “On the Inside” (the theme for the television “Prisoner”) reached No.1 in Australia and New Zealand, No.3 in England and made the Country Charts in the USA (his own version was a top 20 country hit in Europe in 2004)

2005 - Allan had his first book “Writing Great Song Lyrics” published. His second book, “Split Personalities”, a book of poetry written in collaboration with his best selling author brother, Brian is nearing completion. He also works as a freelance journalist.

2007 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration of the Year (with Drew McAlistar) with “A Little Bit of Country in Us All”.

At last count, Caswell has had well over 900 songs published and over 500 recordings of his songs released world wide by artists of the calibre of Cilla Black, The Irish Rovers, Patti Page, Slim Dusty, James Blundell and The Living End.

Allan Caswell’s career as an entertainer has taken him to almost every town in NSW, every state in Australia, to New York, LA, Nashville, New Zealand, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has worked live with Garth Brooks, Don McLean, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Herman’s Hermits, Pam Ayers and The Little River Band and in the studio with Tommy Emmanuel, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea and Highway 101.

At the height of The America’s Cup hysteria when Australia 2 was in trouble, Caswell wrote and released “The Australia’s Cup”. The record, recorded for $38 and released independently, went to No.1 in Sydney and top 5 nationally.

Allan’s work with Don Spencer has led to one of the “most rewarding and exciting” aspects of his career. When Don started The Australian Children’s Music Foundation he asked Allan to run workshops for kids in juvenile detention and special schools in Sydney, teaching music and song writing. Not only is this programme proving successful in Sydney but has now expanded to regional NSW, Canberra and Tasmania.

2011 - At the Tamworth Songwriters' Awards he won Contemporary Country Song of the Year and Country Song of the Year (judged as best of all the sectional winners) with "Behind Bars".