Cockburn Gazette - - INTERNATIO­NAL WOMEN’S DAY - Tanya MacNaughto­n

UN­LIKE some artists shar­ing a con­cert line-up, A Day on the Green singers James Blunt and Pete Mur­ray have pre­vi­ously met in co­in­ci­den­tal cir­cum­stances.

“I’ve met him twice,” Mur­ray said. “The first time I was in New York on the sixth floor, pushed the but­ton to the lift, it came down and when the doors opened, James Blunt was the only per­son in there.

“I stepped in and was kind of freak­ing out and he prob­a­bly thought I was just an­other weirdo fan.

“I told him I was a singer­song­writer from Aus­tralia and when I told him my name, he said he knew my mu­sic. We chat­ted and said we might see each other around one day.

“Three months later I was in Am­s­ter­dam, on the sixth floor, pushed the but­ton to go down and the doors open to re­veal just James Blunt again.

“I told him ‘I’m stalk­ing you’ and he said ‘no, I’m stalk­ing you’. He has this great sense of hu­mour and great wit, so I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing him again.”

The pair will per­form at Kings Park and Botanic Gar­dens on March 20 with Busby Marou and Alex Lloyd, where con­cert-go­ers can ex­pect new songs from Mur­ray’s lat­est al­bum Camacho as well as some older favourites too.

The al­bum’s name was in­spired by an old Span­ish book the By­ron Bay singer found fea­tur­ing a photo of a venue called Cafe Camacho.

“I checked it out and found camacho had a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent mean­ings but the first one I read was ‘the act of cool’,” Mur­ray said. “It be­came the name of the song I’d been work­ing on and then the work­ing ti­tle of the whole al­bum.”

Mur­ray has per­formed at more than 20 A Day on the Green shows and Kings Park is one of his favourite venues. A Day on the Green Kings Park and Botanic Gar­den March 20 www.tick­et­mas­ter.

Pete Mur­ray.

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