Hello & welcome.

If you’re here to check me out please explore away in my Bio and the News and anywhere else on my site. But …

*     If you’re a festival director or someone wishing to book a gig…
soon there will be a list of my shows for general public audiences,
but if you can’t wait, please ring (04217 332 065/ 03 5470 6629) or email.

*     If you’re a school teacher interested in my Australian history shows and workshops
please click SCHOOLS in the top bar or go to the list down the right side.

*     If you’d like to buy CDs, downloads or books go straight to the Shop.

*     If you want to look at my You Tube clips, there’s a few up there, to be added to.

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And if you don’t know me:

I’m 61 year old Australian who sailed to Australia with my Scots-Czech family when I was five and became a Storyteller Musician: which means that whether it’s live shows, radio features, books, audio tours, government reports (yes! I did one, once, but they didn’t appreciate it because it was a story with too many jokes), or producing CDs and events, I’m either telling a tale or playing music or both.

The instruments I accompany my songs and stories with are old style 5-string banjo, harmonica, bodhran, spoons, rhythm bones and a bit of ukelele (doesn’t everyone these days?).

My material is eclectic Australian: history tales, folk songs, weird and wonderful happenings from my travels, here or overseas, my songs, stories of about people I meet – with a particular eye for the story of black-white relationships in Australia.

Like many Australian artists I walk a fine line between being Australian and being beyond Australia, that long-running identity issue being part of being here. But if you’re after that G’day G’day Aussie Aussie Aussie type of junk, I’m not your man. I’m a patriot and a lover of this land, not a nationalist.

My home is Castlemaine, the most diverse mono-cultural town in Victoria, 120 ks from Melbourne. It’s traditional Dja Dja Wurrung country, gold rush country, an arts town, an engineering town, with a mix of old country folk and latte swilling blow-ins.

Cheers, Jan.