Musically, 2022 is going to be a busy year for me and it all starts off with a swag of gigs at the Adelaide Fringe Festival so with that in mind, allow me to introduce you all to… Soul Trader.

Soul Trader is a duo consisting of myself and good friend and songwriting partner Simon James Betts and we have four gigs at the Adelaide Fringe starting from Sunday, February 27th at 7:00pm.

Even though it may seem that this is a new venture for me… It actually isn’t.

Soul Trader was initially created way back in around 2003 when Simon and I met each other at an Open Mic  held at the Hyde Park Tavern which was run by my musical partner in crime Darren Zaza.

Simon had already released a CD and had his own material but we joined forces and started writing songs together which in turn translated into performing many shows which then culminated in the release of our 2006 CD titled Pre-Cursor.

After the release of the CD, I left Soul Trader (the reasons in which I’ll go into more detail at a later time) and Simon continued on performing under that name as a solo artist. We did however, continue to write songs together during my time away.

Now, fast forward to 2021 and Simon and I started the Soul Trader Podcast and from there the concept of getting Soul Trader back together as a duo again seemed like the natural thing to do and let me tell you, it sounds like we’ve never been apart.

The songs, the harmonies, the camaraderie, it’s all there and I’m enjoying every bit of it even though it’s the second time around and as for the Fringe shows…

What a way to (re)launch a project such as Soul Trader.

Just to give you an idea of what to expect, here is the blurb taken from the 2022 Adelaide Fringe program

It’s official, Adelaide’s best kept secret is out.

Soul Trader is back as a duo, and ready to serve you an acoustic pop rock feast of fresh original music.

This is the most dynamic duo in the history of dynamic duos, this is not Batman & Robin, this is Batman & Batman. Two powerful singer songwriters coming together to deliver something special.

In an industry flooded with looping pedals and Autotune, Soul Trader is like a delicious home cooked meal in a world of fast food.

With pristine harmonies and guitars pounding out the rhythm, Simon James Betts and Corey Stewart deliver wonderfully crafted songs with energy, cheek, polish and passion.

This will be a night your ears will thank you for a long time to come, so sit down, hang on and experience the aural ride of your life.

Sounds pretty good to me if I say so myself.

As a reminder, the Soul Trader shows at the 2022 Adelaide Fringe are as follows:


The Garage International @ Adelaide Town Hall


  • Sunday February 27th
  • Sunday March 6th
  • Tuesday March 15th
  • Wednesday March 16th

Tickets are $25 ($20 concession) and are available at the 2022 Adelaide Fringe website.

So if you want to catch some great songwriting performed by two likeable guys who harmonise beautifully with each other then Soul Trader (The Duo) is the show for you.

Post Adelaide Fringe plans consist of experimenting with regular live streaming as well as hitting the festival circuit, playing support shows, touring UK and Europe plus… organising House Concerts.

“What’s a house concert?” I hear you ask. Well, watch this space and I’ll let you know soon enough. In the meantime, check out the links above and I hope to see you at one of our Fringe shows.


Corey 🙂