Nicky Bomba Departs John Butler Trio to Concentrate & Tour With Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Nicky Bomba Departs John Butler Trio to Concentrate & Tour With Melbourne Ska Orchestra

John Butler & Nicky Bomba announced the departure of Bomba from the John Butler Trio in a personal statement to fans over the weekend.

Nicky’s involvement with his many successful projects, particularly the rise of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, is the reason behind the change.

In the announcement John Butler said: "Nicky has been a part of the Trio in some way or another in different forms over the past 10 years, and somehow I think he will always be some kind of thread in the weave that we are."

"Seeing him play to a sold out Metro City gig in Sydney a few months ago made my heart full and happy. It felt and looked 'right'. It is an amazing time in Nicky’s world as all his stars are aligning for his own project, and I honour that path completely and am so happy to watch my brother shine."

Nicky Bomba said: "As a songwriter and performer in my own right, the time felt right to hop back on my own ship to nurture the stories I've created."

"Along with my other projects, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra has gathered some steam of late and the stretching of energies and clashing of dates meant something had to give."

Setting out on tour in September, the 30-piece ensemble will hit BigSound (Brisbane), Adelaide, Fremantle & Perth, followed up by a host of festivals and a Sydney date in November.

The band has just released a new single from the album ‘The Diplomat':

Melbourne Ska Orchestra Tour Dates

Saturday Sep 21 - The Gov, Adelaide
W/ BABYLON BURNING & DJS Kilmarnock Steve & Old Skool Andy
Tickets $35 + bf from ,

Friday Sep 27 - Fly By Night, Fremantle
Tickets $35 + bf from

Saturday Sep 28 - Astor Theatre, Perth
Tickets $35 + bf from the venue, & (08) 9370 5888
Sunday Sep 29 Wave Rock Weekender, WA
ticketing info:
Saturday Nov 9 - Factory Theatre, Sydney
Tickets $30 + bf from

Thursday Sep 12 - Bigsound, Brisbane

Saturday Oct 5 - Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra
with Boy and Bear, Xavier Rudd, Katchafire, The Basics + many more
Ticketing and line up info:
Saturday Nov 23 - Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff
with The Living End, John Butler Trio, The Grates, Spiderbait + many more. For full line up and ticketing details go to
November 14-17 - AWME, Melbourne
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