One of the best shows I have ever been to – and I’ve been to many – was part of the very first tour undertaken by Adam Harvey and Troy Cassar-Daley, performing a whole bunch of songs they loved written by a whole bunch of people who weren’t them. It was an opportunity for them as friends and colleagues to have a ball, and they really did – consequently the audience did too. The breadth of their musical knowledge was impressive, as was the fact that, stepping away from their own material, it became clear that they were very accomplished performers and interpreters of other people’s work. We put a lot of store on singers who are also songwriters but it’s also quite a trick to be a great interpreter of someone else’s songs. To be able to do both – as Adam and Troy showed they could – is the measure of a truly great artist (at least, in my opinion).

Troy and Adam are bringing what is now The Great Country Song Book to the Sydney Opera House on 28 March 2014. I don’t ordinarily plug single gigs but, seriously, these two are amongst the finest performers in the land, and this gig is as close to a guaranteed good time as you’re going to get – apart from going to a McClymonts gig. But I’ll save that for another post.

You can read my review of the Great Country Song Book album here

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