Allan CASWELL (1982)
- Born on the 9th of March in
1980 – Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year with “King of
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
Zealand, No.3 in
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
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
New York, LA,
East Timor, Iraq and
Afghanistan. He has worked live
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
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".