The Nukes in concert
The Nukes make a welcome return to Cambridge this Sunday — a ukulele trio described as part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash.
The Nukes first played Cambridge in 2011 with The Big Muffin Serious Band as part of Ukefest ‘11 — an annual event from Backstage Pass that began in Te Awamutu in 2008.
This Sunday’s visit starts with a 3pm workshop for ukulele players.
Proud of their quirky original songs — all written for the ukulele, the Nukes’ workshops are always engaging and fun.
They will cover techniques, such as tab, and look at the playing skills that are useful for improving understanding of the ukulele.
From 5pm The Nukes will deliver their hallmark concert — an engaging mix of humour and originality.
Great song-writing, musicianship and three-part harmony combine to create a memorable, entertaining experience.
Founded by Dave Parker, Ben Collier and Dave ‘Snapper’ Thiele in 2008, The Nukes set about carving themselves a cozy niche in the cutthroat world of the New Zealand ukulele scene.
Now, with the soul wrenching retirement of the inimitable ‘Snapper’, The Nukes face a turn in the road and a fresh set of possibilities. Dave and Ben have recruited multiinstrumentalist Mike Burrows to help ease their aching hearts and make it all better.
The Nukes have played at more than 300 events over the past five year, worked in more than 200 primary schools with their ukulele playing, singing and dancing workshop, recorded three platinum albums and published a songbook.
For their 10th anniversary there is a Greatest Hits CD and new songbook.
The workshop and show are at the Senior Citizens Association Hall this Sunday. Tickets from Comins Pharmacy on Victoria St, Eventfinda or contact David — 021 1690097. Child/adult prices and workshop and show combo deals available.
■ We have a family pass for two adults and two children to win. Write TAC Nukes, plus your name and address, and text it to 021 241 4568. Deadline is noon Friday.
The Nukes, from left: Ben Collier, Mike Burrows, Dave Parker.