Festival opens with Farewell
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.