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a Busby Marou (pronounced Buz-bee Ma-roo) are an Australian duo originally from Rockhampton, Queensland.[1][2] The duo are characterised by their melodic guitar riffs and meaningful lyrics. The band primarily consists of Thomas Busby and Jeremy Marou, however several other musicians perform with the duo in concert. The duo are best known for their singles "Days Of Gold" and "Best Part Of Me". At the APRA Music Awards of 2012, the duo won "Blues & Roots Work of the Year" category.[3]

Busby Marou is the first signing to Warner Music Australia's indie imprint – Footstomp Records, and released their debut, self-titled album on 24 June 2011, a record that includes their first single "Biding My Time".

The band has recorded with and played in support of Pete Murray and Elton John.[4] Their debut EP, the limited release The Blue Road, was recorded at Pete Murray's personal studios in Byron Bay and produced by Anthony Lycenko who had worked with artists such as Murray, David Bowie and Shifter.[5][6] In 2010 they won the Indigenous Award at Brisbane's Q Song Awards and took out a Deadly for Most Promising New Talent in Music.[7] Busby Marou's song 'Days of Gold', released after their tour, hit the top of the charts. 'Days of Gold' was their number 1 hit single and they described it as being backwards, releasing a single after the tour. 'citation needed'

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HistoryEdit

Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou crossed paths in Rockhampton. Jeremy is of Torres Strait Islander heritage, and both performers come from musical families.[8] With similar musical interests, the two combined to perform and write music.

2009 saw the duo as one of five successful applicants for "Breakthrough" – A Federal Government initiative supporting emerging indigenous contemporary musicians. The award assisted in the production of the band's debut, self-titled album.

In late 2010, the boys were approached by former managing director of EMI, John O'Donnell, to feature as the only unsigned act on the He Will Have His Way – Finn Brothers Tribute Album.[9] The album went Gold within a month of release. Their contribution was a cover of Crowded House's classic "Better Be Home Soon".[10]

The duo's self-titled album has been described as "Glorious and genuinely original... The end result is compelling and beautiful", by the Sydney Morning Herald, who gave the outfit 4/5 stars for the release.[citation needed]

The Australian additionally gave it 4/5 stars, stating: "The overwhelming feeling that emanates from BUSBY MAROU is joy. The voices and close harmonies are as clear as Queensland sunshine, and the acoustic guitar playing of both men is both accomplished and expressive."[citation needed]

InfluencesEdit

Their musical influences include elements of Crowded House, Elvis Presley, Pearl Jam and Willie Nelson among others.[5]

Live performancesEdit

Notable live performances include touring as support act to Pete Murray during the Toowoomba leg of his 2008 Australian Tour.[11] Busby Marou has also been a committed advocate of St Vincent's Hospital Toowoomba charity concerts, performing live in both September 2007 and again in November 2009.[12] Busby Marou have also supported Dolly Parton in her 2011 Better Day tour. On 12 February 2011, Busby Marou performed at the Rugby League All Stars match at the Gold Coast. In September 2012, the duo also performed at the Grand final of the Intrust Super Cup at Suncorp Stadium. In 2014, the duo supported James Blunt for the entire Australian leg of his Moon Landing tour.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Details Peak title=Track listing
AUS
[13]
Busby Marou
  • Released: 2011
24
Farewell Fitzroy
  • Released: 2013
5
Postcards from the Shell House
  • Released: 17 February 2017
1

Extended playsEdit

  • The Blue Road (2008)
  1. "Underlying Message" – 3:41
  2. "Blue Road" – 3:39
  3. "Something for Me" – 2:52
  4. "Moving On" – 3:21
  5. "Undecided Mind" – 3:51

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
"Biding My Time/Girls Just Want To Have Fun" 2011 Busby Marou
"Get You Out Of Here" 2013 Farewell Fitzroy
"Days Of Gold" 2014
"Getaway Car" 2016 Postcards From The Shell House
"Best Part Of Me" 2017
"Got Your Back"

"Sleep On It" (feat. Natalie Dunn)

2018
"Sound Of Summer" 2018 TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart in that territory.

CompilationsEdit

  • He Will Have His Way : the Songs of Tim & Neil Finn (EMI)(2010) - one track: "Better Be Home Soon"

Awards and nominationsEdit

APRA AwardsEdit

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), "honouring composers and songwriters".[14]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 "Biding My Time" (Thomas Busby, Jeremy Marou) Blues & Roots Work of the Year[3][15] Won
2014 "Get You out of Here" (Thomas Busby, Jeremy Marou) Blues & Roots Work of the Year[16] Nominated
"Luck" (Thomas Busby, Don Walker) Blues & Roots Work of the Year[16] Nominated
2018 "Best of Me" (Thomas Busby, Jeremy Marou, Jon Hume) Blues & Roots Work of the Year[17][18] Won
"Getaway Car" (Thomas Busby, Jeremy Marou, David Ryan Harris) Blues & Roots Work of the Year[18] Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Watts, Nikita (1 July 2009), "Doors open to Busby Marou", The Morning Bulletin
  2. ^ Huynh, Josephine (25 October 2013). "Busby Marou's soulful journey". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b "2012 Winners". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2012. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  4. ^ Murphy, Petrina (1 July 2009), "Top talent joins line up at expo", Capricorn Coast Mirror
  5. ^ a b http://www.brispop.com/index.cfm?action=dsp_bio&artistID=884
  6. ^ Elks, Sarah (5 October 2013). "Farewell Fitzroy (Busby Marou)". The Australian. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  7. ^ Watts, Nikita (12 August 2010), "Busby Marou's deadly future", The Morning Bulletin
  8. ^ Rockman, Lisa (18 November 2011). "Busby Marou are going with the flow". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  9. ^ Palmer, Sean (14 June 2012). "The musician and the melodious hacker". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  10. ^ Fry, Douglas (8 November 2012). "Busby Marou does it their way". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  11. ^ http://www.themusic.com.au/imm_display.php?s=gig&id=449[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "australian-charts.com – Discography Busby Marou". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  14. ^ "APRA Music Awards 2012". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Archived from the original on 25 May 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  15. ^ "Nominations - Blues & Roots Work of the Year – 2012". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2012. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  16. ^ a b "Blues & Roots Work of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Full List of Winners". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Blues & Roots Work of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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