Troy Cassar-Daley to relive the crooners during live show

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STEP into Troy Cassar-Daley's most intimate moment, beer in hand, the barbecue on the deck beckoning and Frank Sinatra crooning through the speakers.

The Aussie country singer was just a young boy when he first heard the timeless melodies.

"Mum had a couple of Sinatra records at home in among all the Slim Dusty and Merle Haggard records and everything that I've grown up with and loved, which became a big part of my life," Cassar-Daley said.

"Listening to those things was interesting. I grew to love Sinatra's phrasing as much as I loved Merle Haggard's phrasing. They sing very similarly, actually, so it's nice to put them in the same box in that regard."

For the first, and possibly the last, time Cassar-Daley will put on a complete show accompanied by the Queensland Pops Orchestra where he will belt out some of his favourites, including Come Fly With Me, Fly Me to the Moon and Sunny Side of the Street.

"I've done little one-off things with orchestras before, never a full show," he said.

"If people tend to like what you do with your country music that's one thing but this is another dimension so it's just as scary for me as having great anticipation for it because I think it's great pushing yourself out of your limits.

"I sing along with Frank Sinatra in my car and in the shower a bit too much too and I think to myself, 'geez I love singing this stuff' and it really makes me feel comfortable. Maybe because it's the age and the timelessness of that music.

"I don't get to sing that stuff so I think people might get to see just another side of the passion that is music for me.

"Whether they're people who haven't seen you before or fans that have been there for a long time, there's definitely going to be some new ground broken here on my behalf and on the audience's behalf as well."

Laurel Edwards will join her husband on stage for some romantic duos.

"Normally husband and wife things don't work on stage because you argue over things. This is going to be organised so we won't get a chance to do any arguing," he said with a laugh.

"She's just as thrilled as me, she loves those old timeless songs as well and I'm sure she'll be pulling out some beautiful things.

"I think her love affair with that old music is the same as mine. When we listen to it on a Sunday afternoon having a couple of beers and a barbecue and you chuck some Frank Sinatra on, it means we both appreciate the same music.

"It's not the sort of thing we do live anywhere so it's definitely a one-off show.

"What people might get to appreciate is music is for sharing and we listen to this stuff a lot and I'm so thrilled we've got an opportunity to share this part of our life with everyone else as well."

Cassar-Daley will also turn some of his old hits and songs from his new record, Home, on their heads.


What: Troy Cassar-Daley and Queensland Pops Orchestra's A Big Country

When: Saturday, October 20, 2pm and 8pm

Where: Concert Hall, QPAC, Cultural Centre, South Bank

Tickets: From $60, students $33. Visit or phone 136 246

Topics:  country music entertainment music troy cassar-daley

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