Ukuleles will blow your mind

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Self-proclaimed Westies and members of ukulele trio The Nukes bring their sound to South Canterbury next week. The Courier had some questions for band leader Dave (Fingers O’ Fire) Parker.

Gidday, how’s it going? What have you guys been up to?
We have just completed our third album called ‘3’
We’ve been developing the songs for this for over a year and we’re pretty proud of it. We are currently on an Arts on Tour tour all around New Zealand promoting it. The tour runs for four and a-half weeks all the way from Kaitaia to Stewart Island.

How’s it going with the new material?
We love the new songs and they are working well with our audience. A lot of people have seen us a number of times so it’s always good for us to surprise people with new songs.

How did this tour come about and tell us a bit about what you are up to in Timaru, and when?
We were lucky enough to be selected by Arts On Tour as one of the acts for the 2017.
It’s quite prestigious. A lot of well known and established artists get this chance. The organisation is supported by Creative NZ and it’s a stress-free way to tour, perform and see our beautiful country.
Over the years, we’ve been through Timaru a few times. Playing close by last year, we were headlining at the Geraldine Ukulele Festival. This time, we thought it would be great to actually perform in Timaru. We will be at the Timaru Town and Country Club on March 23.

What do you find challenging/rewarding about what you do?
Establishing an audience for what we do has probably been our biggest challenge. We play ukulele and write all our own songs.
To create an awareness of the quality of our music and songs takes a long time, we’ve been together for nine years.
After three albums, people are much more aware of what we do. It’s very satisfying to play in front of a loyal and enthusiastic audience. On this tour, some people are coming to our show multiple times!

Any quirky moments?
Anyone that’s seen us knows that our shows are unpredictable and fun. The very nature of our three contrasting personalities and songwriting styles ensures that what we do is quirky and entertaining.

Anything else you would like to mention?
We will be running a pre-show workshop on the day from 6pm to 7pm.
These are always fun and informative, with a little something for everyone.
We’ll be looking at a couple of our more popular ukulele songs and showing the skills required to play them.
Those who are keen will be welcome to join us as part of our performance in the evening.


Chance to win
The Courier has two double passes to give away to see The Nukes at the Timaru Town and Country Club on March 23. Email al.williams@timarucourier.co.nz with your details.