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Songsalive! Australia workshop in the Mountains

Songsalive! Australia & Tamworth Songwriters Association present

Songwriting Workshop in the Mountains 2023

with award-winning songwriters

Allan Caswell | Lyn Bowtell | Roger Corbett


Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2023


Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba


Seminar & Workshop (2 days) $180 per person


Because we care and want to give songwriters of all ages the opportunity
to partake in a friendly seminar/workshop/performance weekend.

Allan Caswell - Multi award winning songwriter

At the 2020 Golden Guitar Awards Allan Caswell picked up his 8th Award, and is Australia's most recorded songwriter with over 900 of his songs being released around the world by artists of the calibre of Cilla Black, Patti Page, The Irish Rovers, The Living End, Slim Dusty, Barry Humphries, Ricki May, James Blundell, McAlister Kemp, Graeme Connors, The Wolfe Brothers, Anne Kirkpatrick, Chad Morgan, Lynne Hamilton, Beccy Cole, The Wolfe Brothers and Ella Hooper among dozens of others.

In 1979 Caswell wrote the theme for the Australian television series "Prisoner" (Cell Block H in England) "On The Inside" was a number 1 hit in Australia and NZ in 1979 and reached number 3 in the UK. The Patti Page version made the country charts in the USA.

Allan has won 8 Golden Guitars from 47 finalist nominations, awarded 15 songwriting Awards from the TSA including The Songmaker Award. 9 Awards at the Independent Country Music Awards (Southern Stars) including Album Of The Year for 3 of his albums. At the end of 2020 Caswell formed Lynchburg with multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Waddington, resulting in 2 albums and a whole string of top 10 country hits.

Roger Corbett - Multi award-winning songwriter and producer

Roger is a long-time member of the Australian band The Bushwackers. He has written and produced many of the bands albums. Now in their 50th year, in 2021 were elevated to The Roll Of Renown in Tamworth. Three Golden guitars, three 'Mo' Awards, four gold records. Roger has written or co-written many songs for both The Bushwackers and other artists.

The General Manager of The CMAA Academy of Country Music, since 1998. Roger, with Director, Lyn Bowtell run two face-to-face residential courses in Tamworth for Junior and Senior students as well as the recent online course Academy X.

The Valley Studio, is a boutique recording studio for independent artists in the Hunter Valley producing the Bushwackers albums and many other award-winning albums.

Lyn Bowtell - Multi award winning singer-songwriter

Lyn came to prominence as songwriter and singer for award- winning country pop trio Bella. Since then she has released critically acclaimed albums 'Secret Songs' in 2012, 'Heart Of Sorrow' in 2014 and EP 'Calling You in 2017, as well as Albums with 'Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart'. in 2016 and 'Weeds' in 2018.

Lyn Bowtell is back on tour throughout 2023 with her latest ARIA Country #1 Album, and Golden Guitar Award winner for 'Contemporary Country Album of the Year', 'Wiser'. Her stunning, heartfelt vocals turned 4 red chairs on Nine's Season 6 of 'THE VOICE AUSTRALIA'.

Lyn is a Toyota Star Maker winner, MO Award winner, a ten time Golden Guitar winner, 2022 Hands of Fame Inductee, and Artistic Director of the CMAA Academy of Country Music. Her ARIA Country #1 Album 'Wiser', produced by Shane Nicholson, released May 13 2022 and won Lyn the Golden Guitar Award for Contemporary Country Album of the Year at the 2023 CMAA Awards
12.00-2.30 pm Critiques and Mentoring in three groups of approximately 20 songwriters.
New to the program this year. 45 min sessions rotating with Allan, Roger and Lyn.
2.30-3.30 pm Seminar with Roger Corbett
3.30-4.30 pm Seminar with Lyn Bowtell
4.30-5.30 pm Seminar with Allan Caswell
5.30-7.30 pm Dinner at the Katoomba RSL (Next door) - Red Poppy Brasserie
7.30-10.00 pm Songwriter performances at the Clarendon

Coffee / Tea and biscuits available all day at the hotel
7.00 am Continental Breakfast
8.30 am Co-writing sessions begin - with Allan, Roger and Lyn
11.30 am Lunch - at the Katoomba RSL - Red Poppy Brasserie
1.00 pm Co-writing sessions continue
4.30 pm Performances of all songs co-written over the weekend

Coffee / Tea and biscuits available all day at the hotel

The Guest House is offering discounted room rates.
To book a room and to find out more: Email
Our mission is to support and promote the craft of songwriting in Australia by providing resources, networking opportunities, and professional development for our members.

We aim to foster a thriving community of songwriters and to celebrate the diversity and creativity of Australian music. We believe that songwriting is an essential art form that has the power to inspire, entertain, and bring people together. 

We are committed to advocating for the rights and interests of songwriters in the Australian music industry and to supporting the next generation of Australian songwriters.

Monthly Zoom Workshop Info

Online Facilitator: Russell Neal

Online Workshop Director: Shaun Walker

Online workshops: 1st Monday of the month 7pm AEST

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Sponsored by APRA (the Australasian Performing Right Association

One of the best things you can do for your song, especially if you're almost finished, or have just recently finished it, is to bring it to a workshop.
Having your song listened to, and critiqued by fellow songwriters, often shows up elements which may need addressing, or extending. Sometimes, new ideas flow from the creative reactions to the song, and you find it benefits from having been given a hearing before finally committing it to recording.


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