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The Explorers Club: Antarctica

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Bond Street Bridge presents

They’ve torn up the bible and eaten the dogs – Auckland alt-folk outfit Bond Street Bridge present tales of courage, endurance and Edwardian pluck in their multimedia song cycle ‘The Explorer’s Club: Antarctica’. For the 2013 Wellington Fringe, The historic Moorings ballroom plays host to a special show of sweet harmonies and jangling guitars on Friday 16 February.

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of Captain Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition, and inspired by the incredible stories of Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, songwriter Sam Prebble has produced a series of songs of shipwreck, frostbite, and stiff-upper-lip survival in the snow. With a combination of spoken-word storytelling and original folk songs, performances range from ethereal to foot-stomping; arrangements run the gamut from delicate vocal harmonies to dramatic percussive explosions. The show is fortified by heritage photographs taken by the explorers themselves courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library, projected alongside original mixed media illustrations from Auckland artist Emily Cater.

Sam Prebble. Photo by Conor Clarke

‘These are fantastic stories,’ says Prebble. ‘You couldn’t make them up. The reactions we’ve had as we travel round the country with them this year are remarkable – there’s something in the New Zealand psyche that really resonates with these stories of self-reliance and endurance.’

The Wellington Fringe Fest show will be enhanced by the appearance of local duo Rosy Tin Teacaddy, singing their exquisitely researched song-translations of New Zealand history, written during their Wild Creations Artists-In-Residency on the banks of Lake Tarawera. Expect digital dustings, found-sound percussion and mood-altering melodies woven into their familiar close-knit vocal harmonies and traditional folk leanings.

Prebble’s band of road-hardened troubadours will be touring The Explorers Club through 20 locations throughout New Zealand, accompanied by indie-rock band Luckless and blues songwriter Brendan Turner. With rousing stories of icy adventure, stunning heritage photographs and beautiful original illustrations, audiences can expect to be transported back to a time when the ice was unforgiving, the pole was untouched, and if the worst came to the worst, one could always eat the dogs.

Wellington Fringe runs from 15 February to 19 March 2013. For more Wellington Fringe information go to

The Explorer’s Club: Antarctica plays
16 February, doors at 8:00, 8:30 start
Duration: 120 minutes (including support acts)
Venue: The Moorings, 31 Glenbervie Tce, Thorndon
Tickets:$20, door sales only


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