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The Nukes -
Saturday 21 Nov 2020

After a sold out performance in 2017 The Nukes are back with their new lineup

All originals, show and workshop at QE Health Recreation Hall.
Support act The Thermaleles.

If your school would like a ukulele workshop while The Nukes are here, contact Simon Vare

The Nukes - Aotearoa’s/NZ’s most beloved and enduring ‘original ukulele trio



Saturday 21 November

Details to follow

QE Health/Spa Recreation Hall,
Rotorua Lakefront

Access from Whakaue St opposite Lime Cafe, 

Rotorua Ukulele

Your name and Nukes

Please EMAIL to advise details of your payment 

Limited Seating so book now!

Show only:
$22 per adult $15 per school child
Workshop and Show:
35 per person
Workshop only:
$22 per person 

Maximum 35 places at workshop

Limited Seating so book now!

Show $22 per adult $15 per school child
Workshop and Show $35 per person
Workshop $22 per person 

Maximum 35 places at workshop

“The Nukes blew the audiences’ socks off with the combination of humour, fantastic song-writing, great musicianship and singing“

Megan Peacock-Coyle.  Oamaru Opera House. 

‘Original’ inventive and entertaining….

Drew James. Taranaki Arts Festival. 

“the Nukes experience is uplifting, fun and feel- good. “

Amanda Wright. Erupt Festival.

Reviews have been glowing

“ Highly intriguing and really skilful- a great mix of folk, bluegrass and reggae.”. Grant Smithies - Radio NZ


For more than 10 years this unlikely league of musical miscreants has traipsed around Australasia, bringing joy and harmony to all they encounter.

At the helm is Dave Parker, inveigling with a sparkling voice and a compelling custom uke sound that commands respect.

Swabbing the decks is new recruit ‘ The Curious’ percussionist ‘mysterious’ Mike Burrows (who also packs a spry falsetto) while the audacious slide ukulele and wry humour of Ben Collier keep the whole shebang on an even keel.

It’s original, inventive , quirky and Kiwi.

Sam Edwards Waikato Times Feb 14th 2020 live show review Meteor Theatre Hamilton  

The Nukes the tightest trio with the loosest sound – because they are seriously good musicians – know exactly what three ukuleles can do. Vocals so clear a deaf man could forget his hearing aids and still have a ball , the four tiny strings on the ukes producing the familiar strum before morphing into foot tapping riffs and accompanying moody, comic , engaging vocals .This full house of listeners was as engaged and enthusiastic as it gets .Mike Burrows percussion, vocals , uke even turned up with a pate – that wee island foot long canoe that one beats with a stick , to come up with the unique performance of the night . This was a night to savour   


“Lucky ones is a revelation, standing comparison with any acoustic- folk songwriter act”… “a variety of beautifully arranged and harmonised songs, that are unpretentious, kiwi-as, yet neatly avoiding the instruments clichéd cutesiness”.  NZ Musician Magazine

EARLY BIRD Registration Now - THRUM 2021:

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October 
QE Health Recreation Hall

We've really enjoyed THRUM 2020 and the concert lineup was 1st class!

Fortunately for us the hall is not scheduled for demo until after Oct 21, so we've booked again! You can enjoy the tulips and a weekend of ukulele.

Book your accommodation early - we heard many of you had trouble finding somewhere this year.

Check out our Facebook page for images

THRUM Programme 2020

Saturday 3 October 

9:00am    Registraton for a 9:30am start - all day tea/coffee

9:30am    Opening THRUM along - song sheets on screen

10:30am  Arranging to Add Wow! with Ruby Solly
Build a tool kit of tricks to add interest

10:30am   Bass 101 Workshop with Rob Paterson
For newer bass players

12:00        First Timers & Beginners Workshop - with Jane Solly

12:00        Lunch BYO and fellowship

1:00pm    Open Mic 1

2:00pm    Finger Picking  with Jane Solly 
learn to play melody and riffs to spice up your play

3:00pm   THRUM 2 - play along time

3:00pm   Bass Workshop - intermediate/advanced players ONLY with Rob Paterson

4:00pm   Open Mic 2

5:00pm   Practice Techniques with Ruby

6:00pm   Freetime

7:30pm   Concert
performances by Thermaleles, Ruby Solly and stand outs from open mic sessions

Sunday 4th October

9:00am    Bass private classes with Rob 30mins for $30

10:00am  Bar chords and putting your toolbox of arranging tricks into practice with Ruby Solly

11:00am  Forum with Ruby Solly - Ask questions, trade ideas and expertise with others. Add specific requests to the whiteboard on Saturday or email NOW

Thank you to our THRUM presenters 2020

Ruby Solly -
Ruby has indicated her availability in 2021

Ruby is a Kai Tahu musician, writer and music therapist. She has worked running ukulele groups and workshops for over ten years, and has been lucky to perform with the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Vic Manuel, and various bands on the Ukulele.

She has also played ukulele as part of The Wellington Jazz Festival and loves exploring different genres through the ukulele. She loves how the ukulele works as a community focused instrument, and enjoys finding ways that everyone can join in with the ukulele, playing or otherwise.

If you have a request for 2021 ask NOW

Rob Paterson -

Experienced bass player of some years. Rob is the bass player from the band, Cairo, that played at Tudor Towers night club at the old Bath House that is now the home of Rotorua Museum.

The band was known internationally and toured with Roy Orbison and The Commodores before buying their own future in the form of the lease of the night club. You will need your bass and practice amp for these workshops.

Jane Solly-

Much loved local ukulele teacher of many years - and of course the producer of the talented Ruby. You can catch a class with Jane at The Arts Village - Rotorua.

Many thanks to our fabulous helpers
(it's a week down the track so I hope I haven't forgotten anyone!)

Brain Gray - sound - great job thanks Brian

Deb and Ian Taylor

Carol Patterson

Jane Solly

Mark Lloyd 

Chris Whyte

Doug Gordon

Des Parsons - set design & construction

Rick Thames - set construction

Jill Briar - Saturday photographs

The Thermettes THRUM session 1

Run Amok - Ngaio, Lynn and Fiona for THRUM session 2

The Algae Blooms for the second part of THRUM  session 2

Enquiries and Registrations to