Idol packs them in at Shoppingworld

COUNTRY singer Troy Cassar-Daley had them dancing and calling for more when he held a free concert in Grafton's Shoppingworld yesterday.
COUNTRY singer Troy Cassar-Daley had them dancing and calling for more when he held a free concert in Grafton's Shoppingworld yesterday. Adam Hourigan

IT'S not often you get one of Australia's top recording artists singing for free at a local shopping centre.

And it's even rarer when he happens to be a home grown hero.

All good reasons why the crowd packed into Grafton Shoppingworld yesterday to catch up with country star Troy Cassar-Daley.

Troy performed four songs from his eighth studio album I Love This Place to an adoring home crowd.

“First up, I am going to play a little acoustic song. It is the title track from the album and is called I Love This Place,” Troy said.

The second track was called This Country.

Troy then brought it back to his roots.

“This next song is about a town I love so much. A little town know as Grafton,” Troy said to the crowd.

“It is a true reflection of what I experience when I walk around this place and see all of the familiar faces and things that I hold near and dear.”

“This track is called This Town Is Me.”

Troy ended his set with Big, Big Love which he wrote as a tribute to Keith Urban's daughter Sunday Rose.

Fans then joined a long queue to get a hug and an autograph from the man himself.

“This was the first place I nominated when the record company asked me where I wanted to do my in-store promotions,” Troy said.

“It was such a good turnout. I really love coming back up here. It is really special.

“I got all choked up at the end of This Town Is Me. I honestly thought I might cry.”

Troy will be heading back to Yamba and performing at the Yamba Golf Club, on June 4 with his tour.

“It will be an excellent show. Felicity Urquhart will be there as my special guest and we start rehearsals in a couple of weeks.

“It will be great to back up this promo with a cracking tour,” Troy said.

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