Troy Cassar-Daly is itching to get to Riverboats

By Alex Gretgrix

IF THERE is anyone more excited for Riverboats than the fans and organisers, it's Troy Cassar-Daly.

The man himself would have almost given his left kidney to get on this bill, that's how keen he is.

“I've almost been stalking Riverboats for a long time, trying to make my way onto the line-up,” Troy said.

“And when they gave me the go ahead, I was over the moon.”

The indigenous singer-songwriter hasn't just been patiently waiting to get on stage at Riverboats, but to play in the region itself.

“I've always wanted to play in Yorta Yorta country,” he said.

“I have a lot of friends who have played in the region and it just sounds like a beautiful area, a great place to share my music.”

After receiving the news he had been waiting for, Troy made it his mission to bring his A-game to the festival.

“I've been preparing for months,” he said.

“I don't want to come to Riverboats with some run of the mill set and act, this will be different.

“I'm putting together an awesome band just for this. I've got the bass player from Kasey Chambers, the drummer from Ian Moss and guitar player from Jimmy Barnes.”

Troy has been playing guitar since his early start as a 12-year-old busking on the streets at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Throughout his 30 years of music making, he has earned himself four ARIA awards, 37 Golden Guitars, nine Deadlys (Australian Indigenous Artists Awards) and an array of other awards to go on his shelf.

His music spans many different genres and he has worked with artists such as Paul Kelly, Chambers and Adam Harvey.

And Troy couldn't encourage people to splash the cash to attend this festival more.

“Live music is one of the most exciting things you can spend money on,” he said.

“And the line up just keeps getting better every year, so why not go ahead and buy a ticket?”

Troy will take the stage from 9.30pm on the Friday night of the festival.

Tickets are still available for Friday night and you can purchase them here at riverboatsmusic.com.au