Troy Cassar-Daley has come a long way from the twelve-year-old boy from Grafton busking on Peel St at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Even as he expands the boundaries of what he is capable of musically, as the diverse list of collaborators grows longer, as his swag of awards and size of his crowds has grown and grown, the innate integrity and charisma powering his music has always remained a steady true north. As he once sang, “I live the tales I tell”.
Throughout his thirty years of making music, Troy has been awarded numerous accolades including 37 Golden Guitars, 4 ARIAs, 2 APRA Country Song of the Year awards, 9 Deadlys (Australian Indigenous Artist Awards), 4 CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards plus 2 NIMAs (National Indigenous Music Awards). In 2017 Troy was honoured as the 50th inductee into the prestigious Australasian Roll Of Renown.
With numerous gold and platinum records, Troy has achieved a staggering 31 Number 1 chart singles, all of which are collected on his new compilation album Greatest Hits – along with signature album tracks and two brand new TCD originals. The forty-two songs contained within Greatest Hits have been the soundtrack to the everyday triumphs, struggles and good times of Australians from the city to the outback. 2019 has seen Troy touring Australia with the Greatest Hits Acoustic Show, hitting every state and territory. A celebration of an amazing career.
“Doing an acoustic show of greatest hits mixed with stories of my life and musical journey will be very special. As an artist you can’t get a more intimate experience with an audience than this style of show. It will be a musical adventure showing you how the songs sounded the day they were born, this to me is the purest way to hear them and I can’t wait to share them with you.” TCD
In the end, as at the beginning, it all comes back to the bare essentials, one man – one compelling performer and stunning songwriter – and a guitar.
Felicity Urquhart has long been one of the best-loved and most decorated singer-songwriters in Australian song. In a career encompassing six studio albums, two EPs, and countless sold-out headlining shows and capacity festival appearances, Felicity Urquhart has netted eight Golden Guitars, an ARIA Award nomination for Best Country Album, four CMAA Australian CM Achiever Awards, and a Centenary Medal for her “service to Australian society through country music”.
A constant presence on Australian screens and airwaves, Urquhart has been a marquee presenter on Channel 7’s Sydney Weekender since 2005, and has hosted ABC Radio’s flagship country music variety show Saturday Night Country since 2010—as well as serving as the face of Tourism NSW’s nationally broadcast Heart of Country NSW campaign.
With stunning seventh studio album Frozen Rabbit out now and to rave reviews and a debut at #2 on the Australian Country Music Chart, Felicity Urquhart is set to add another unmissable and unforgettable chapter to her incredible story to date.
Australian Country Music only has one Benn Gunn.
The knock-about bloke with that sound, that attitude, and the personality that connects with rural and regional Australia in ways that many try to emulate. There are no frills, it is just Benn, his music and a good time for all who hear him play.
From humble beginnings, Benn has carved out his own niche in the Australian Country Music Industry.
With a swag of nominations and awards under his belt there is a wave of energy behind him with his highly active social media following...with over 42,000 followers to date and growing, 200,000 to 1,500,000 post views and 250,000 to 1,000,000+ video views a week.
Benn has charted multiple singles and released his 4th album "Only In Australia" on the 27th October 2018 with multiple charting singles including We Can Be Mates, I Got The Boat and the #1 hit single Only In Australia. He has multiple single releases planned for the coming months.
Benn Gunn’s Only in Australia album pays tribute to the supporters of home grown Aussie music, to our great country and all the true blue Aussies who make it great. It's Benn's own unique Aussie Heartland Rock.
Aussie Heartland Rock is characterized by a straightforward rock style, a concern with the average Aussie battler, and a conviction that rock music is about entertainment and a connection and purpose beyond entertainment with roots in Australian pub rock, country rock, Americana, rock and roll and folk rock.
Collectively and individually, Andy and Duncan Toombs have toured and performed nationally and internationally with the cream of Australia’s country music scene for more then 15 years… Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers, Beccy Cole, Lee Kernaghan, Catherine Britt, Sara Storer, Adam Harvey, Troy Cassar-Daley & Adam Brand to name but a few.
A powerful, emotive vocalist in his own right, Duncan Toombs plays a mix of original music and songs he grew up with. Duncan is a consummate professional. He has honed his craft on some of the biggest stages worldwide.
Victorian born, and Queensland based, Kiara Rodrigues is the very essence of diversity. At just 23 years of age, her compelling tones and vibrant personality emulate a sense of maturity that is well beyond her years.
In 2019, Kiara was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year in the Gold Medallion Media Awards. Her songwriting prowess was further rewarded as a five-time semi-finalist in the Tamworth Songwriter’s Association awards which earnt her the accolade of Comedy/Novelty song of the year for her song ‘Mr Vanity’.
With appearances on Channel Ten’s ‘Young Talent Time’ and ‘The X Factor’, Kiara is certainly no stranger to the stage. Her career in country music, spanning 14 years, has seen her achieve the title of Triple World Champion (Country, Gospel, Rock) at the ‘World Championships of Performing Arts’ in Hollywood, Junior Aristocrat Country Entertainer of the Year and the 2013 ‘Voice of Urban’. Additional career highlights include singing at the world famous ‘Tootsies’ in Nashville, singing the National Anthem at Broncos vs Cowboys NRL games, and graduating from the CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music.
Her latest single ‘Pretty Baby Blues’ has been received well across the airwaves peaking at #11 on the Australian Country Airplay Chart.
Her fresh and contemporary sound is equally matched by her ability to deliver the timeless classics, making her an ideal ambassador for country music.
Tamworth Songwriter's Association Comedy Song of the Year for 'Mr Vanity'
#5 single “I’m Gonna Be Fine” Australian ITunes Charts
#4 single "Dear Daddy' Australian Itunes Charts
#36 'Dear Daddy' Australian Country Charts TOP 40
#10 Top 20 98.9FM Australian TOP 20 CHARTS
Voted #48 on list of people set to make headlines in 2014 by Brisbane Times
Performed at Main Concert Urban CMF
Performed on the Maton Showcase Tamworth (pictured above) 2014
Winner “Voice Of Urban” 2013
Winner Songwriting Mildura CMF 2012
Winner 1st,2nd Songwriting QLD Champion of Champions 2012
Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year 2011
Winner Melinda Schneider Idol 2011
Semi Finalist Channel Ten’s “Young Talent Time”
Triple World Champion- Gospel, Country , Rock @ World Championships of Performing Arts – Hollywood 2010
Performed at “Tootsie’s” in Nashville 2010
Performed the National Anthem at NRL Games, Redlands Council Swearing in Ceremony, & Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup Race Day
Performed at Carols by Candlelight Townsville to a crowd of 20,000
Performed at Lord Mayors Carols Riverstage, Brisbane
Youngest ever Graduate of Academy of Country Music (10 yrs old)
Performed with Beccy Cole, Melinda Schneider, Carter & Carter, Bill Chambers & Pete Denahy.
Pete Denahy is a comedian and bluegrass musician hailing from Yackandandah in Victoria, Australia. He is a songwriter and singer whose show includes everything from serious ballads to ridiculous stories and songs with a twist.
Pete wrote the "teenager song" Sort Of Dunno Nothin' which went viral on youtube and is seen as a Gen Y anthem, although people from all generations relate to the song.
Pete has toured with Slim Dusty, Sara Storer, Troy Cassar-Daley, Lee Kernaghan and has worked in the Melbourne comedy scene with Akmahl Saleh, Elliot Goblet and Flacco.
Being half Japanese, Pete draws much inspiration from his late grandfather, Kido Zenichi (木戸 全一 ) who was a well respected musician in Hiroshima. In 2013 Pete travelled Japan and played bluegrass and country with some of the finest pickers he's shared a stage with.
Pete's main inspiration in the business of entertainment is the man who wrote "I've Been Everywhere", Geoff Mack who has been his mentor since 1991 and is one of his best friends.