Fes­ti­val opens with Farewell

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COUN­TRY duo Busby Marou (pic­tured) headed to mu­sic’s fa­mous Nashville to record its sec­ond al­bum.

But if gui­tarist and har­monist ex­traor­di­naire Jeremy Marou had his way, the duo would by­pass stu­dios and go straight to the stage.

‘‘To be hon­est, we find the . . . stu­dio part sort of bor­ing,’’ he con­fesses, ahead of this weekend’s Farewell Fitzroy al­bum launch show at the in­au­gu­ral three-day Boomerang Fes­ti­val.

‘‘If I could skip the stu­dio part and go straight to the tour­ing that would be me all done. Es­pe­cially when they’re your own shows and peo­ple are singing words to your songs, there is no bet­ter feel­ing in the world.’’

The songs on Farewell Fitzroy are filled with sen­ti­ments by singer Tom Busby about be­ing away from home and loved ones and adventures on the road. Marou agrees it is tough be­ing away from his fam­ily and three chil­dren, aged nine, six and five. He says record­ing the al­bum with US pro­ducer Brad Jones, who has also worked with Missy Hig­gins and Josh Rouse, was a valu­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘We tracked it all live in a room to­gether, in­clud­ing the vo­cals,’’ he says.

Bid­ing My Time, from Busby Marou’s self-ti­tled de­but al­bum, won the Best Blues & Roots Song at the 2012 APRA awards. The duo has sup­ported acts as di­verse as Birds of Tokyo and Dolly Par­ton. Marou says in the fu­ture, he would love to work with artists such as Keith Ur­ban or 2014 By­ron Bay Blues­fest draw­card John Mayer.

A new part­ner­ship be­tween By­ron Blues­fest di­rec­tor Peter Noble and di­rec­tor and cu­ra­tor Rhoda Roberts, Boomerang is billed as an in­dige­nous fes­ti­val for all Aus­tralians. To be held on the Blues­fest site on Bund­jalung land from tomorrow un­til Mon­day, Boomerang will also fea­ture dance, the­atre, com­edy, film and vis­ual arts, cul­tural knowl­edge ex­changes and thought-pro­vok­ing con­ver­sa­tions across four stages.

The pro­gram also in­cludes Tammy An­der­son’s long-run­ning Abo­rig­i­nal play I Don’t Wanna Play House and a screen­ing of a new film, hosted by Jeff McMullen and fea­tur­ing Archie Roach, that ex­plores Roach’s time on the streets and life af­ter the pass­ing of his beloved part­ner, Ruby Hunter, along with the new chil­dren’s se­ries, Butcher Pa­per, Texta, Black­board and Chalk.

Pan­els and fo­rums ‘‘which de­fine the in­dige­nous ex­pe­ri­ence in Aus­tralia now’’ will be held along­side work­shops, tra­di­tional heal­ings and a First Na­tions Film Fes­ti­val.

Farewell Fitzroy is re­leased tomorrow. Busby Marou plays the Boomerang Fes­ti­val tomorrow and The Sound­Lounge on Oc­to­ber 24. Boomerang plays Tya­garah Tea Tree Farm from tomorrow un­til Mon­day.

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