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The Nukes - Ditty Deeds Done Uke Sweet
Their Peas and Carrots won The Nukes an APRA award for best original ukulele song just six months after their first performance, and some six years later the Auckland ukulele-only trio is all-but fully professional, in the sense of making a living from their four-string craft. Combining the wit, wisdom and voices of three adept songwriters, their sophomore album surprises on many levels – not least because it is simply ukes and voices, with the odd happy handclap. NZM’s Silke Hartung spoke with Ben Collier and Dave Thiele about being ‘Lucky Ones’.

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photo by EMILY HLAVAC-GREEN
photo by EMILY HLAVAC-GREEN
photo by EMILY HLAVAC-GREEN
photo by EMILY HLAVAC-GREEN

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We've invited some folk known for their keen-eyed music industry observations to comment on events and trends in the biz, both here at home and abroad.
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Aug/Sept 2014
Aug/Sept 2014
In this issue:
Kimbra, Will Wood, Robert Scott, The Nukes, Louie Knuxx, Shihad, Beach Pigs, Libeau, Seth Frightening, The Nomad, Lizzie Marvelly, Jordan Reyne, Myele Manzanza
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