TIME off from touring has given Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou time to reflect.

The "olden days" of a couple of pub stools, two guitars and two best mates propped up against the wall of the Oxford Hotel has inspired Busby Marou to return to their musical roots.

The duo will return to Rockhampton on Friday, June 26, for a special acoustic performance at the Pilbeam Theatre.

"Over the past six to 12 months we've been very quiet on the touring front," Tom explained.

"Basically, we had a break over Christmas and we've just been writing ever since, getting ready for the next album.

"It's been weird to be in the same place for so long - I've been annoying my wife quite a bit.

"We've certainly been kept busy, but I'm itching to play."

Fans who were fortunate enough to enjoy Busby Marou's early days will be in for a real treat.

"It's pretty much a more polished version of the old days," Tom laughed. "I can't promise we'll look any better.

"We're really making sure we don't forget who we are.

IF YOU GO

What: Busby Marou

When: Friday, June 26

Where: Pilbeam Theatre

For more information and tickets: visit www.seeitlive.com.au or phone 4927 4111.

"Our booking agent suggested we do a duo act. We love playing with the band and the security of making loud noises but his tour will give us the confidence and reassure ourselves that this is what people really come to see - harmony and Jeremy's guitar flair.

"This tour will be something really special for us and Rockhampton.

"Rockhampton missed out on our duo tour last time.

"We had no plans to tour until after the album but with the recording, mixing and other elements involved, we thought it could take up to another year before we see them again.

"This will be a one-off show, and we plan to hang around the days leading into it and a couple of days after to really soak it all in and catch up with everyone.

"We will have supporting acts too. We have been carefully thinking about who to have, but you can guarantee they will be young, hot property."

During one of their recent performances, Tom and Jeremy were fortunate enough to meet former Prime Minister Bob Hawke in Sydney's west.

"We were performing as part of a Mother's Day fundraiser and Bob was going to introduce us," Tom said.

"He sang Happy Birthday to a two-year-old at the event and then broke into Waltzing Matilda; he practically warmed the crowed up for us. It was a cool little experience.

"It wasn't the type of venue we were used to performing in, so much so that Jeremy went out to the car to put on a second shirt."



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