Grafton out in force at Tamworth

PEOPLE in the country music business are beginning to think there is something in Grafton’s water as six very talented musicians who call Grafton home hope to end up winners at the end of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Home-grown hero Troy Cassar-Daley is a finalist for a grand total of seven Golden Guitars by the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA).

The seven nominations include six individual Golden Guitars including the big four: Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and APRA Song of the Year. Troy’s song that he wrote and recorded with The McClymonts, Ain’t Gonna Change for You, has been nominated in the Vocal Collaboration category, Heritage Song of the Year and Video Clip of the Year.

He will also perform throughout the festival and has always been a favourite in the Country Music Capital of Australia.

The McClymonts, made up of Brooke, Sam and Mollie, are finalists for three Golden Guitars.

One is for their work with Troy Cassar-Daley, while they are also contenders for the Video Clip of the Year award for Kick It Up and Single of the Year for Shotgun.

While the girls have attended many CMMA Awards ceremonies, this year they take on the larger role of hosts.

“To host the 2010 CMAA Country Music Awards is a huge honour for us,” the girls said in a statement.

“The awards event is a highlight on the country music calendar every year and we have been watching these awards since we were little kids. To be hosting them is very exciting for the three of us. We will be nervous but we will give it our best shot.”

The girls also released their second studio album yesterday, Wrapped up Good.

While Luke Austen is in Tamworth, he will be wearing quite a few hats. The 28-year-old is a finalist in the prestigious Toyota Road to Tamworth competition, which has previously been taken out by Sam McClymont.

He will also take to the stage with Troy Cassar-Daley as a part of his band. Luke has also co-written two songs on Troy’s latest album I Love This Place. Aaron Bolton is a finalist in the Telstra Road to Tamworth competition.

Aaron grew up in Grafton and now lives in Tamworth.

Order of events

 Graftonite Luke Austen will take to the stage in the Toyota Star Maker final tomorrow night.

 The finals of the Telstra Road to Tamworth will be played on Tuesday night. Aaron Bolton was born and bred in Grafton and is a contender for the gong.

 The CMAA Country Music Awards night will be held on Saturday, January 23. Watch for the McClymonts, who will be hosting and are up for three awards, and Troy Cassar-Daley, who is up for seven Golden Guitars.

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