A sold-out crowd, a beautiful venue and the 'best homemade lasagna he's ever had' is how Troy Cassar-Daley remembers his recent show in Milton.
The country music star brought his national Greatest Hits tour to Milton Theatre on Sunday, June 16. Tickets sold out as soon as they were released.
Troy's been touring and performing alongside his 18-year-old daughter Jem Cassar-Daley for the first time since February and will continue to take in all the country halls, and major venues across the country, for the next six months.
"I'd met this Italian bloke at a previous show and he said 'if you ever come to Milton, I'll make you lasagna'."Troy Cassar-Daley
He said his first visit to Milton was a stand-out.
"It's such a beautiful little place, the venue was so unique, and the atmosphere and crowd was just so friendly and welcoming," he said.
The visit wasn't complete without 'incredible fish and chips' by the harbour and a surprise delivery from a friendly local.
"I'd met this Italian bloke at a previous show and he said 'if you ever come to Milton, I'll make you lasagna'," Troy said.
"And you wouldn't believe it, he comes round and drops off the most amazing lasagna. It was the best I've eaten."
Troy has added another Shoalhaven date to his tour and is set to play at the Berry School of Arts on July 26.
He said we've got Shoalhaven local Jason Hodges to thank for the last minute inclusion.
"He lives on a farm near Berry and got in touch to say that so many people missed out on the Milton Show and asked if we'd come to Berry," he said.
"He even put us in touch with the School of Arts people, which we're very excited about because we've never played in a School of Arts before and I love playing in these beautiful regional halls because it really takes me back to the Slim Dusty days.
"The South Coast has got a real champion in him."
Jason was lucky enough to score tickets to the Milton show, but said he's very excited for others to experience it in Berry.
The acoustic show will see Troy bring many of the stories from the Greatest Hits record come to light, while Jem will perform a half hour on the piano, as well as singing in the middle of the set.
The pair has enjoyed their time together on the road, with one of their highlights being seeing the Pilbara from the air.
Troy said Jem "puts up with his dad jokes" and like most 18-year-olds, lets her dad know when she needs some space.
"I'm very proud of her. She's gone from really only having done Eisteddfods and playing for the four of us at home, to playing in front of 500 people on our first night," he said.