HONOURED IN HIS 35TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR AT THE TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Having just celebrated his 35th consecutive year at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Troy took home a phenomenal five coveted Golden Guitars including the prestigious Album Of The Year (for Freedom Ride) at this evening’s 44th Country Music Awards of Australia in Tamworth.
Troy won the following Golden Guitars for Freedom Ride:
Album of the Year – Freedom Ride
Male Artist of the Year – Freedom Ride
Heritage Song of the Year – Freedom Ride written and performed by Troy Cassar-Daley & Paul Kelly
APRA Song of the Year – Freedom Ride written and performed by Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly
Single of the Year – Take A Walk In My Country
Troy was also recognised by the CMAA and was awarded Producer of the Year.
Freedom Ride (out now through Liberation Music) is Troy’s ninth highly acclaimed album and was released in March 2015. It was Troy’s highest debuting album on the national ARIA Album Charts (#4) in this much loved and multi-award winning country artist’s 25 year recording career which now includes 32 Golden Guitars among many other outstanding achievements.
“I became aware of the Freedom Ride here in Australia while in high school in Grafton. As part of the Aboriginal studies I did a project about Charles Perkins and the people who rode on the Freedom Ride bus, who were from all walks of life.
Charlie was a hero to me because he talked about equality, and improving the lives and conditions of Indigenous Australians living out in the rural regions and cities. He became a defiant voice that called for change in Australia and his achievements were many.
Paul Kelly and I wrote this small version of what must have been a huge adventure for the freedom riders; going from town to town, learning the truth about how Indigenous life in the country could be brought into line with mainstream Australia. Charlie changed views and perceptions with his passion and to me was an important part of our progression as a people and as a nation. – TROY CASSAR-DALEY
To top off a remarkable week, APRA announced that two songs from the Freedom Ride album were shortlisted in the Top 20 contenders for the 2016 APRA Song of the Year:
‘Another Australian Day’ – written by Troy Cassar-Daley and Pete Denahy
‘Freedom Ride’ – written by Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly