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The Troubles


Wed 4 Jan 2017, 7:00pm–11:00pm

Where: The Boathouse, 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Tickets Available from Beggs, 264 Hardy Street, Nelson: $20.00
  • Limited Door Sales: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: mrpaulgilmour

The Troubles play 21st-century jazz and are New Zealand’s leading contemporary jazz group. Over a long residency in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington, The Troubles developed and honed their quasi-anarchistic brand of meticulously composed music. From the coarse to the sublime, the emotive to the absurd, their music is inventive, passionate, honest, and wholly life-affirming.

They are led by John Rae, a drummer hailing from Edinburgh and one of Scotland’s best known and loved jazz musicians, who has been living in New Zealand for the past nine years. A previous Creative New Zealand/Victoria University Composer-in-Residence, John has had a career playing drums and composing alongside some of the world’s best, as well as leading his own groups of Celtic inspired jazz.

The distinct sound of The Troubles is in no small part due to the unique line-up of the group. As well as a rhythm section with horns, the group features a classical string quartet, which gives the group their distinct sound. Kiwi jazz legend Patrick Bleakley on acoustic bass is the anchor of the group and has a lifetime of experience playing with New Zealand legends from Blerta to Jonathan Crayford.

The Troubles have featured some of New Zealand’s finest jazz musicians including Roger Manins, Lex French, Lucian Johnson, Tim Hopkins, Reuben Derrick, Jeff Henderson and many more as they continue to push musical boundaries.

During 2014/15 and 16 The Troubles performed to sell-out crowds at the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival and toured throughout New Zealand on behalf of Chamber Music New Zealand.