Explorers Club: Antarctica

An award-winning live performance in story and song telling the tales of Capatin Scott, Ernest Shackleton and the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration.  Written by Sam Prebble, performed by Bond Street Bridge and featuring original illustrations by Emily Cater.  Touring constantly, album available now on Banished From The Universe Records.


'A perfect evening of music' the Dominion Post

'It is a rare thing to come away from a concert feeling that you have been taken physically to another place and have to struggle to find your way back to the familiar. Such is the genius and commitment of singer/songwriter Sam Prebble and fellow musicians Nina McSweeney (vocals) and Brendan Turner (bass guitar/vocals) and the performance they gave... a tour de force.' the Nelson Mail

'Beautiful, sad and utterly mesmerising. You will go away a richer person for having seen this.'  Gather and Hunt.co.nz

'Stunning... a performance to make hairs stand up on the back of your neck' Whanganui Chronicle

'This was a rollicking show. Wonderful tunes and excellent visuals created a night of entertaining pathos.  There was something for everyone no matter how much or how little they knew of the icy continent and its history.' Te Radar
'These spare, quiet songs cut to the quick' 4.5 star review, Graham Reid in the NZ Herald

'A work of rare genius.' Simon Sweetman, www.offthetracks.co.nz

'A delicate warmth and an assured touch... an ambitious musical landscape.' 4 star review, Shane Gilchirst in the Otago Daily Times

Awarded 'best music' at 2013 NZ Fringe Festival Awards 


NZ IceFest 2012
Scott100 Festival 2012
NZ Fringe 2013
Auckland Fringe 2013
Dunedin Fringe 2013
Queenstown Winter Festival 2013
Taranaki International Arts Festival 2013
Nelson Arts Festival 2013


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’.  

Inspired by the incredible stories of Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, songwriter Sam Prebble has recruited a band of seasoned folk musicians from the Auckland underground and produced a series of stirring vignettes drawn from the diaries and letters of these stalwart adventurers.  Tales of shipwreck, frostbite, and stiff-upper-lip survival in the snow are presented in 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 performances are fortified by projected heritage photographs, taken by the explorers themselves nearly a century ago, and now used here with the kind permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library.  Combined with original mixed-media illustrations from Auckland artist Emily Cater, these images bring these legendary characters and stories of early 20th Century Antarctic exploration to life.

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of Captain Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition, with news of the explorer’s death reaching the world via the port of Oamaru in February 1913.  Bond Street Bridge have taken this show on a 25 date tour throughout the country to mark this anniversary, including  a special show in Oamaru’s historic precinct on the 7th of February. The tour has also included sold-out shows in the Wellington and Auckland Fringe Festivals, a feature appearance at Dunedin Fringe Festival Club, and an award for ‘best music’ in the 2013 NZ Fringe Festival  Awards. 

With a band of road-hardened troubadours, 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.

Recent Appearances: 

23 March 2014 with Billy Bragg, Wellington Opera House

25 March 2014 with Billy Bragg, Auckland Power Station

Thurs Oct 17: NELSON: Nelson Arts Festival - The Playhouse Cafe and Theatre Restaurant Mapua Show at 8 pm

Fri Oct 18: TAKAKA: Nelson Arts Festival - The Mussell Inn, with Bat Country, show at 8:30 pm
Tickets from Mussel Inn, 03 525 9241 or haveabeer@musselinn.co.nz

Sat Oct 19: HOKITIKA: Hokitika Museum, 7pm
Tickets from Hokitika Museum 03 755 6898

Sun Oct 20: OKARITO -Donovans Store, with Bat Country, 7:30pm
Tickets at the door

Mon Oct 21: WANAKA: Cinema Paradiso with Bat Country, 8:30pm
Tickets 03 443 1505, abccinema@xtra.co.nz

Tues Oct 22: MILFORD SOUND Throwdown in the Sound at Blue Duck Cafe And Bar,  with Bat Country
Free if you're in Milford Sound

Thurs Oct 24: OAMARU: The Oamaru Opera Housewith THE EASTERN and Barry Saunders

Fri Oct 25: DUNEDIN, Platos with The Eastern and Barry Saunders

Sat Oct 26: CHRISTCHURCH: 241Chambers Gallery, 7pm, with Jed & Hera - Tickets at the door

Thurs Oct 31: AUCKLAND: Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum with Great North, 7pm
Tickets 09 373 0800 info@maritimemuseum.co.nz

Fri Nov 8: WELLINGTON: Museum of Wellington City & Sea with Veronika Meduna, 7pm
Tickets 04 4728 904 museumtours@wmt.org.nz
Tickets 06 349 0506

Fri Nov 15: OAMARU: Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations at Oamaru Opera House Festival Explorers Club

Fri Nov 22: NAPIER: MTG Hawke's Bay, 7pm

Sat Nov 23: ROTORUA: The Rogue Stage

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