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Tamworth Music Festival Showcases Vibrant Aboriginal Talent

Troy Cassar-Daley, Grafton country music performer claimed four of the main Golden Guitars at the 10-day Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

The Indigenous singer won male artist of the year and album of the year at the festival’s closing ceremony. His single Country Is was named single of the year and title track from his 2012 album, Home, won APRA song of the year.

“The album is such a special one to me so I’m glad other people felt that way too,” Cassar-Daley said. ‘It’s nice that people felt it was their back yards I was singing about with Home.”

The event featured the Aboriginal Culture Showcase, which presented emerging and established musical talents from the North West region’s Aboriginal community including Koorified, Leetona Pitt, Breanna Krauss and Loren Jade Ryan.  Armidale-based rappers. Koorified, electrified the crowd when they performed original material as part of the festival’s Walk Up sessions; a performance which impressed legenadary music vetran Roger Knox, to join him on-stage playing before the biggest crowds of their careers.

Listen to Koorified and Leetona Pitt here –


Image: Breanna Krauss at Tamworth Country Music Festival (Arts North West)