DIARY - 24/6/08 - TROY CASSAR-DALEY & CHASING BAILEY
- VINNIES POSTER BOY
former Toowoomba hairdresser Gina Jeffreys attended the 1995 ARIA
Awards she chose a dazzling gold frock from a trendy Sydney boutique.
Her stable-mate Troy Cassar-Daley hitched a ride in a stretch limo
hired by manager Doug Trevor and helped her with her acceptance speech
Grafton reared Troy, then 25, normally togged up in jeans and tee
shirt for formal occasions but at the 11th hour decided to honour
Gina with his own fashion accessory.
So the singer rushed into a St Vincent de Paul op shop in an inner
Sydney suburb and bought a recycled jacket off the rack.
It was a decision that Cassar-Daley will never regret.
ARIA award was announced it was Troy - not Gina - who was the winner and
he prepared his speech as he stumbled on stage.
over a chair and ad-libbed," Cassar-Daley vividly recalled after
his album Beyond The Dancing won the prestigious award.
"I thought I had no chance so I bummed a ride with Gina in my ratty
little jacket I bought from Vinnies. She had a very nice gold number on."
Now, 13 years down the lost highway from Troy's family and spiritual home
on the banks of the Clarence River in Grafton, he still has fond memories
of the jacket and benefactor.
It has become a boomerang of sorts for the son of indigenous artist Irene
Daly who met her Maltese husband when they were both 16 and working in
the Sweetacres Minties factory in Sydney suburb Rosebery.
Troy, one time host of Nu Country TV and regular guest, is a headliner
of the free, well-publicised Vinnies' World Youth Day concert at
Federation Square, Melbourne, from 5 pm on Thursday July 10.
It's not clear whether Troy, now 39 and father of two, will again choose
Vinnies as his costumier du jour but he added more threads to his CV in
The singer, who won his 14th Golden Guitar in Tamworth in January, was
recently voted Global Country Artist of the year in Nashville.
And he also scored the APRA country music gong for his hit Everything's
Going To Be Alright - a tune that he penned with fellow Grafton raised
singer-songwriter Don Walker who did his time in the beer and wine mines
with Cold Chisel.
Walker's post Chisel era included acclaimed solo albums, trio discs as
Tex, Don and Charlie and treasure trove of songs penned for Troy, the
late Slim Dusty, Jeff Lang and many more.
Troy's colourful career has included national touring stints with legends
such as The Highwaymen, Merle Haggard, Don Williams and many more.
A frequent guest at those gigs was his mother Irene who used wages from
working on buffet cars of trains to finance an adult education course
to become an art teacher.
She bought 45-hectare farm Wongabeena at Halfway Creek on Grafton's outskirts
- her parents trapped wallabies and rabbits on Bundjalong tribal land
on the Clarence River banks.
Troy now lives in Queensland with singing spouse Laurel Edwards - a breakfast
host on former Brisbane country music station 4KQ - and their children.
CLICK HERE for a Troy
interview from the Diary on July 24, 2007.
CLICK HERE for Anne
Sydenham's review of Troy's CD launch at Northcote Social Club on July
BAILEY - FEDERATION SQUARE ENTRÉE
another of the celebrated artists at the Vinnies World Youth Day concert
first won national exposure with another major U.S. country artist Dwight
Yoakam on his second Australian tour.
Chasing Bailey, nee The Baileys, made its Victorian debut at the historic
Palais in St Kilda in 2007.
And, unlike many support acts, the young Tamworth quintet won wide acclaim
for its spirited performance.
CLICK HERE for a review from
our concert page.
Chasing Bailey comprises siblings Charlene, Crystal and Kurt Bailey and
bandmates Lindsay Dallas and Daniel Conway.
sisters play guitar and sing, Kurt plays drums, Dallas is the bassist
Conway plays lead guitar and is also a vocalist.
Lindsay is grandson of Tamworth country music icon Rex Dallas whose
solo career has included tours and concerts with major local legends.
Multi-national record label EMI signed the band after members honed
their craft in the NSW Schools Talent Development Project.
It will release Chasing Bailey's single Little By Little on July 17.
The song, accompanied by a video clip, is from debut album Long Story
Short, due for release on August 16.
< Charlene Bailey
of Eskimo Joe, Midnight Oil and Pete Murray fame, produced the album at
Electric Avenue in Sydney during 2007.
Although band members are only in their early twenties they have been
performing on stage for seven years.
"Charlene has been singing since she was 11 and won a few major talent
quests, and then a few years later Crystal and I decided to take up music
as well," Kurt revealed recently.
started playing various shows wherever we could and met Lindsay,
who was playing shows with his dad from a early age and he used
to invite us to be special guests. Our manager was judging a talent
quest and watched this little 12 year old rip it up on stage with
his guitar, and she approached him and told him about the band
and the next thing you know his dad and himself landed in Tamworth
with all their gear.
Although we were just 12 and 14 years of age we just felt this
chemistry and started chasing the dream."
The quintet has broadened its musical palate since signing with
all just started jamming to country, but definitely more the contemporary
sound," Kurt added.
"There's no doubt we seek global acceptance," Charlene added.
"It's the dream of every member of the band, but we want to be successful
in Australia like you wouldn't believe. There is a saying that 'you can
take the kid out of the country, but you can't take the country out of
the kid' so maybe we still have some country roots that sneak in at times.
We don't label ourselves in any genre: we just create and write the music
that feels right for us. We have always had the freedom to create music
just as we felt and so the end product just may have some country feel
but we don't really identify it."
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