Way back yonder in 2008 three fully grown men banded together and embarked upon a perilous musical journey with no particular destination.
Their mission? To write and perform original music using only the humble ukulele.
Thus, The Nukes were born and quickly they grew into a bonny wee thing, gaining a reputation across Australasia for boisterous live shows and impressive original material.
Riddled with optimism and fuelled by beer and bonhomie, David ‘Fingers of fire’ Parker, Ben ‘Country boy’ Collier and Dave ‘Snapper’ Thiele set the burgeoning parochial ukulele/folk scene on fire for a full, glorious decade.
Rumours swirled, accusations were levelled..
Was Snapper doing a solo album? How many wives did Ben actually have? And was David really involved in the Church of constant sorrow?
Unfortunately nothing quite so scandalous had occurred, basically Snapper got tired and wanted to lie down for a bit.
So he did.
The Nukes trotted on, first with curious percussionist Mike Burrows, then (and still) with flexible young Parker prodigy Jay P.
But the question has always lingered, like a dog outside a butcher’s shop.. would the original three ever reunite?
Yes. The answer is yes.
Aotearoa’s original, award-winning ukulele trio bring their mix of humour, musicality and family-friendly fun to Whangārei. Now with the addition of Dave’s son Josh to the band The Nukes have added crystal clean high harmony and multi-instrumental skills. This revitalised combination brings exciting new musical possibilities as well as the enhancement of the original Nukes classics, with the harmony and humour that have always made The Nukes crowd favourites. This can be seen and heard in the recently released Homespun album which will be available on this visit. It’s original, inventive, quirky and now for one weekend only Whangarei and Auckland with Snapper (David Thiele) banjolele, some classic tunes, baritone warbling and a story or three !!!! The Nukes original ukulele quartet.
The Nukes have performed at WOMAD and every major folk and arts festival around NZ, they have also performed countless concerts and ukulele festivals around australasia. Now with the addition of dave’s son, josh, the nukes have added crystal clean high harmony and multi-instrumental skills. This revitalised combination brings exciting new musical possibilities as well as the enhancement of the original Nukes classics, with the harmony and humour that have always made them a crowd favourite. Cost $30
Expect family-friendly entertainment with their trademark humour, as well as top-flight musicianship, part harmony and great songs. What are you waiting for?
For the new album Homespun:
It Is Groovy and Charming in Every Way, with Impressive Songs, Instrumentation, Vocals, and Production.” – Victoria Vox. 2022
The Production Is Charming and Lovely and Absolutely Feels Intimate….Truly the whole album Is a great listen.” – Manitoba Hal. 2022
Seriously good musicians… Foot tapping riffs… Comic, engaging… with vocals so clear a deaf man could forget his hearing aids and still have a ball…” – Sam Edwards Waikato Times Feb 2020