The Nukes in con­cert

Waipa Post - - The Country -

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.

Photo / Sup­plied

The Nukes, from left: Ben Col­lier, Mike Bur­rows, Dave Parker.

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