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Little Bushman and The Nudge


Sat 17 May 2014, 8:00pm–1:00am

Where: James Cabaret, 5 Hania Street, Wellington

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Listed by: James Coyle

Little Bushman are a group who could only have their roots in Aotearoa.

The Nudge are a fresh form of innovative blues.

Together they are as synonomous with Wellington as the wind! They gust in to the James Cabaret with a force that will be strong & powerful - promising to be one of the feature concerts of the Capital's New Zealand Music Month!

Little Busman
Very much of the earth yet more than capable of connecting with the cosmos, there is a heady appeal to the music of Little Bushman. Though built upon a backbone of heavy blues and trance-like psychedelic rock, there is also something undeniably ‘New Zealand’ about the music and the band; their dense soundscapes layered with a deep sense of self and of our shared histories. “I feel that it is really important to try to make our music sound like it’s from here,” says singer/guitarist Warren Maxwell, “Hence the use of Te Reo Maori.”

As well as a proud appreciation of Maoritanga, the Bushman gumbo is ladled with challenging but universal lyrical themes, ranging from the controversial NZ Terrorist Raids of 2007 and the massive division between the rich and the poor to the importance of respecting the world around us and valuing family.

All three of their studio albums – Onus of Sand (2005), Pendulum (2007) and Te Oranga (2011) – have been met with critical acclaim; alongside Live In Concert with the NZ Symphony Orchestra (2009), these recordings have seen the band embraced with open arms and have helped stamp the Bushys’ distinctive sound on the psyche of so many.

Little Bushman have earned a committed live following with numerous solo concerts and festival appearances such as Bluesfest NZ, Homegrown & WOMAD NZ, and in Australia at Island Vibe, WC Blues & Roots Festival and most recently 2 slots at the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest. Add to that shows with the likes of Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Donovan Frankenreiter, Blue King Brown and John Butler Trio. With a love for improvisation within their music, the band thrive on live performance: “For us it’s the excitement of creating something a little different each time we play a tune,” says Maxwell, “It’s quite nice to try and get lost without making it sound too technical or academic.”

Little Bushman now proudly introduces their new bass-player, Caleb Robinson (Iva Lamkum) to a wider audience. Having previously crossed musical paths with many of his new band-mates, Robinson is no stranger and a welcome addition to the core trio of Warren Maxwell (lead vocals/keys/gat), Joe Callwood (lead gats) & Rick Cranson (drums). “He is a great fit, a great player and a really chilled out guy,” enthuses Maxwell, “As our Bushys’ fans get to meet Caleb, they’ll be stoked!”

With that much-loved down-to-earth attitude married to their intoxicating blend of swirling, psych-rock epics and delicately crafted lyrical folk, there is no doubt audiences will be more than simply stoked to see Little Bushman out on the road – it’ll be more like some kind of cosmic homecoming.

The Nudge
As a trio, they are all individually inspired by multi genres of music that help to form a complex sound often termed as psychedelic swampy blues with an element of party. The songs have been loosely based around singer Ryan Prebble's style of writing, but as a band they interweave their ideas to create a thick organic sound with unique forms due to their very different musical backgrounds. One thing that is however certain, this is music for the soul and the feet!

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