In 2007 when Allan Caswell won his sixth Golden guitar in Tamworth (with Drew McAlister for “Vocal Collaboration Of The Year”), it marked 27 years since his first Golden Guitar in 1980. In the years in between Allan has experienced the highs and lows of a very successful and hugely varied career …
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).
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.
He has been awarded 6 Golden Guitars at Tamworth (and a finalist 28 times), 2 Gold singles and an ARIA for “On the Inside”, as well as 1 platinum and 4 gold albums for his writing and production work on the hugely successful children’s albums by Don Spencer.
Caswell’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.
In 2005 Caswell 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.