Image Courtesy of Busby Marou
If there’s one thing that roots music is known for, it’s its laid back appeal. So how does this sound for laid back:
“Thomas Busby decided to test his office-worker-by-day/rockstar-by-night formula when he discovered the multi-skilled musician, Jeremy Marou strumming his ukulele in a lush forest near the banks of the Fitzroy River, Rockhampton (beef capital of the world!)… Busby Marou was born”
Strumming his ukulele in a forest by a river? Any more laid back and this band would be asleep. The above is an extract from the “official” biography of Queensland duo Busby Marou. Whether it’s true or not is not the point. These boys are well and truly the epitome of Australian roots music.
Despite the laid backed nature of Busby Marou’s music underneath there’s really a huge depth of talent and experience. Jeremy Marou is the multi-instrumentalist of the duo moving deftly from uke to bass to drums to piano and back again. Thomas Busby has one of those smooth as chocolate voices that just slips over you as you listen. Together the band has supported the likes of Pete Murray, performed live on stage at the Woodford Folk Festival and Deadly Awards (Marou is proudly Torres Straight Islander in heritage) and been one of five bands nationally to receive the “Breakthrough” initiative from the federal government.
One EP into their career (2008’s The Blue Road) the band has a lot more to go. Don’t be surprised that despite sounding like they want to watch the world go by that Busby Marou ukulele their way onto your stereos (probably via your radio) and find themselves permanently entrenched in your folk and roots collections.