Busby Marou on non-stop tours

Busby Marou.
Busby Marou.

NOMADIC folk duo Busby Marou can be forgiven for wanting to spend some time in their home state after spending the last 18 months on the road.

Central Queensland's favourite sons have established a reputation as one of the hardest-working bands in the music business with a relentless touring schedule that has taken them all across the country and abroad to America and Canada.

Songwriter Thomas Busby admits the musicians have close to exhausted themselves as one tour has merged into the next and the odometer of their tour van has ticked over.

According to Busby, their home has been the road and their friends and family have been voices over a mobile telephone.

But rather than take a break from their touring schedule the duo decided upon an alternative way of spending time in their home state to catch up with friends and family.

The Rockhampton boys have made sure they will soak up plenty of sunshine this spring with their first annual Bring It Home tour of central and northern Queensland.

"The last 18 months have just been non-stop touring for us which doesn't leave much for anything else," Busby said.

"It's got to the point now where the road really feels like our home."

"We want to spend some time around Rocky and see those people who are important to us."

Things have happened pretty quickly for Busby Marou since the pair quit their day jobs and took their unique brand of folksy rock on the road.

The duo took out the 2009 Deadly Award for Most Promising New Act in Music and a Q Song Award for their track Paint My Cup.

Their self-titled debut album released last year has been nominated of multiple awards and their track biding my time claimed the APRA Blues and Roots Work Of The Year Award.

When Busby Marou played its first shows in Rockhampton, Busby was working as a lawyer and partner Jeremy Marou was working with the Department of Communities as a project manager.

Busby said the pair had applied the same work ethic to their new lives as musicians as they did to their old jobs but had taken a significant pay-cut.

"It's been a really hard slog for us," he said.

"The reality of it is that you need to work really hard and be extremely dedicated if you want to get anywhere in the music industry."

"We're still not really seeing that paper but I suppose you could say that we get paid in other ways."

"I've always got a smile on my face these days and I suppose you could say every day is kind of like a Saturday."

Busby Marou will play at the Sugarland Hotel as part of the Bring it Home Tour Saturday October 20.



Tickets available from | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix outlets & from the venue direct
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Tickets available from | 07 4972 2822 | From the venue box office direct

Tickets available from | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix outlets & from the venue direct

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