Ukulele Heaven: BMSB & The Nukes Cambridge NZ

To call BMSB a covers band is a travesty but it is what the Big Muffin Serious Band does. Their witty interpretations of tunes familiar, and not so, is what makes for their endearing charm and enduring popularity. And they do it so well – after 30 years – better than ever in fact. The ‘short version’ of Freddie Mercury’s Bohemian Rhapsody is new, joining the wonderfully fraught ‘Hotel California’ which is everything The Eagles left out of the original. Familiar songs from The Wombles, The Beach Boys and the Al Hoffman songbook. Yes, this and their ridiculous version of JJ Cale’s ‘Cocaine’ sung in third form French and featuring that glorious Jim Fulton lead uke break we all love, fuzz box and all. All musical fun, wrapped in Graeme Cairns slapstick humour with topical V8s and velodrome jokes. Our fellow Waipa Districteers; the Muffins hail from Te Pahu, wowed the 100 strong Town Hall audience. Locals of course.

By contrast The Nukes, our visitors and the headline act, sing their own songs, and aren’t they great. Three singer songwriters (David Parker (Rhythm Cage, The Parker Project), Ben Collier (Goldenhorse, The Magnets) and David Thiele) together produce music like that of Dave Dobbin, Don McGlashan and Peter Cape before them that ‘sings’ about us; bold and beautiful, subtle and warm and at times just a little bit silly. From the sing songy Peas and Carrots to the sublimely beautiful Feels Like Home and the ‘Cape Reinga song’. These songs sound like home to me; yours and mine. Stunning stuff! and the humour, self-effacing and very kiwi, in that fine tradition of ukukele performance art.

Heaps of fun. All power to more of this, please!

What: Ukelelefest’ 11: The Nukes with the Big Muffin Serious Band Where: Cambridge Town Hall When: Wednesdsay 9th of November 2011. Ukelelefest’ 11 was bought to Cambridge by Te Awamutu arts and performance stalwarts Backstage Pass (Dean and Robyn Taylor) as we all spring into Waipa.

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Art Attack Cambridge Town Hall

Art Attack Cambridge Community Arts Cambridge New Zealand

Friday the 26 of August 2011. Art Attack Cambridge New Zealand. The Biannual art exhibition held by Cambridge Community Arts in Cambridge Town Hall. This year the weekend of the 27th and 28th of August.

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What’s on Cambridge New Zealand 13/MAY/2011

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Jennifer Ward-Lealand | Cambridge Autumn Festival 2011

Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Acclaimed New Zealand performer Jennifer Ward-Lealand sings a selection of well known songs from Marlene Dietrich’s films, concerts, and recordings.

Jennifer will feature songs by Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Frederic Hollander, and Pete Seeger, and will be accompanied by pianist Grant Winterburn and bassist Aaron Coddel.

This delightful cabaret performance captures the style and glamour of a bygone era, including a dazzling recreation of one of Dietrich’s famous gowns.

Photo supplied Cambridge Autumn Festival

When: Saturday 30th of April 2011, 8pm.
Where: Cambridge Town Hall
Tickets: $38 from Cambridge i-Site
Information: Cambridge Autumn Festival 2011

The Compleat Ukelele Show | Cambridge Autumn Festival 2011

The Big Muffin Serious Band presents THE COMPLEAT UKELELE SHOW From Baroque to Rock!

When: Thursday 28th April, 8:00PM

Where: Cambridge Town Hall

Entry: $15 waged, $10 unwaged

Information:  Cambridge Autumn Festival 2011