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. com.au