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New Album For Captain Festus McBoyle’s Travellin’ Variety Show

30 April 2019 - 0 Comments

It’s true, one of New Zealand’s hardest-working bands has just released their third album.

They have performed at WOMAD, Splore, The Nelson Arts Festival, Cubadupa, Wondergarden, Auckland City Limits, Picton Maritime Festival, The Russell Birdman Rally, the Oamaru Victorian Festival, the Port Chalmers Seafood Festival, Hokitika Wildfood Festival, Chatham Island Festival and Auckland Museum, on top of numerous national library tours and television appearances.

They’ve also had two successful collaborations with The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, played a New Years’ Eve show to 14,000 people in Palmerston North two years in a row, had a capacity show at the Kings Arms, and made 21 appearances over seven days in Australia.

So who on earth are they? The answer may not be what you expect...

It’s Captain Festus McBoyle’s Travellin’ Variety Show, who release
d their third album Bubbles n’ Squeek on Friday April 26th.

In addition to their live popularity, the band’s albums are also highly regarded.

- Their Debut album A Pirate's Life… was selected as a finalist for Best NZ kids album at the 2012 NZ Music Awards.

- Their Debut video for the song Pirate's Limbo was selected as a finalist for Best NZ kids video in 2012.

About album number two Ships and Giggles, New Zealand Musician described it as “…infectious boot-stomping, thigh-slapping tunes …The musical comedy is sharp enough to entertain the most unruly scallywags – young and old.”
Bubbles n’ Squeek invites you to join the Captain and his Motley Crew on a first class journey into their weird and wonderful world, with 14 tracks skillfully targeting the ears of both kids and adults alike. You’ll find foot-stomping singalongs, an up-close experience with a Zombie - and even a couple of heartfelt life stories direct from the Captain’s chest. Produced with the help of NZ on Air.

Here's a sneak peek at the cover.

Can you spot the spelling mistake?

Yes - 'Captain' has been spelled 'Captian'.

Cover artist Elliot Stewart is dyslexic, so instead of asking him to correct the spelling, Festus McBoyle and his crew decided it was perfect just the way it was. Because after all, who is perfect anyway? The Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand have given them the nod - it's a great way to raise awareness all round.

Listen to Bubbles n' Squeek:

Pre-order on iTunes

Available from Friday April 26th on:

Apple Music


While you’re waiting for Bubbles n’ Squeek, you can check out the crew’s other albums here on Spotify.

And catch them live at
The Bullrush Bonanza Extravaganza – A NZ Music Month spectacular for the whole family

Join us at The Winchester Club, Eden Terrace on Sunday May 19th for a celebration of family music in NZ Music Month.

It’s a truly all-ages New Zealand music bonanza, with three of the country’s most dynamic family acts under one roof for an epic show.

Bullrush Bonanza Extravaganza
Sunday May 19 from 12.30pm
The Winchester, St Benedict's St, Eden Tce, Auckland


Levity Beet
Mr Roberelli
Captain Festus McBoyle’s Travellin’ Variety Show.
Kiwi Kids Disco tunes by Lee from 95 BFM Kids Show.
Face painting by Ethel

Other members of Suzy Cato's Kiwi Kids Music Collective will be onsite for meet/greet and signing opportunities. Merchandise will be available on site too.

Tickets now available through Under the Radar. $15 pre-sales and $20 on the door.

Next: Propagandhi announces local supports for their Sell Out NZ tour dates next week

Prev: The Official 2019 Music Month Summit - More speakers announced!


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