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The Nukes and The Thermaleles


Fri 25 Feb 2011, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Shambles Theatre, 8 Amohau Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Concert (includes admission to early workshop): $20.00
  • Workshop only: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Listed by: julieparsons

The Nukes are on a return visit to Rotorua and are generous enough to offer a workshop at the Shambles between 5:30 and 6:30, all levels welcome.

Doors open 8:00 for pre-concert entertainment from Rotorua's own talent; Jill Briar and Rick Loos followed by quirky ukulele band The Thermaleles. The bar will be open and nibbles available.

For bookings phone: 022 646 0970 or email:

After taking to the stage at the Devonport Food and Wine festival Sunday Feb 20th the Nukes travel to Te Awamutu’ Little theatre (Feb 24th): popping in for a quick visit to Waikeria prison for a workshop, then Shambles Theatre, Rotorua 25th, the Hawkes Bay Opera House, Hastings Saturday 26th and the Waipara Food and Wine Festival on March 5th. As they continue to spread the gospel of ‘original’ Ukulele music across the country.

They featured recently in the Artsville documentary ‘Bill Sevesi’s dream’ on TV1 alongside other movers and shakers in the local ukulele scene. Also look out for them as they perform on Jim Mora’s Friday afternoon Live slot on National radio - Fri 18th Feb 1.15 pm.

2010 was a great year for the Nukes. In May they completed their first NZ tour with dates from Auckland to Bluff. They also performed at a number of major festivals: Splore, Hamilton Garden Festival, and Coromandel Festival. Finishing with the Auckland and Hawkes Bay Ukulele Festivals.

They have continued to write original material for the ukulele, something which marks them as different from other uke groups. They have had many requests around the country for copies of songs like the award-winning tune ‘Peas and Carrots’ (APRA 2008) to be used by ukulele groups who are looking beyond standard cover material. This has become a major focus for the group. They are working on a debut studio album which they hope to officially release in early 2011, this will come with a songbook for players to follow.

They have a growing following, building a reputation on musicianship, originality, vocal harmony and humour. In short their shows are unique and unmissable - here’s what a few NZ luminaries have to say about them...

"High entertainment with three very different songwriters meshing together with humour, pathos and kiwiana." - Karyn Hay

"The most entertaining uke band currently playing the Auckland scene. Comedy, devastating harmony and exceptional original tunes." - Kevin Fogarty (founder NZ Ukulele Festival).

"The Nukes are at the forefront of a burgeoning ukulele fiesta playing contemporary originals. The Nukes know how to create a buoyant live atmosphere." - Mike Chunn

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