Nicky Bomba

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Nicky Bomba
John Butler Trio @ Sir Stewart Bovell Park (8 1 12) (6693053233).jpg
Nicky Bomba at the 2012 Southbound Festival
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Caruana
Born (1963-09-07) 7 September 1963 (age 51)
Origin Malta
Genres Reggae, funk, roots
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion, guitar
Associated acts The Truth
John Butler Trio
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Nicky Bomba at a rally in Warburton, Victoria

Nicholas Caruana aka Nicky Bomba[1] (born 7 September 1963, Malta) is an Australian musician and singer. He is the frontman of his band Bomba as well as the former drummer and percussionist of John Butler Trio. He has also performed alongside other acts and is a solo artist himself.[2]


Bomba's family migrated to Australia late 1964. He started learning drums when he was six years old.

In 1978 he formed a cover band with his brother, Michael, called Fugitive Flight. In 1982, Fugitive Flight became a band playing original music with vocalist, Peter Miller, bassist, Steve Morgan (later of Icehouse), and guitarist, Peter Weeda. They soon changed their name to Guided Tour. After a considerable hiatus working in a variety of known and unknown bands, Nicky formed The Truth in 1993, with Michael Caruana (keyboards), Tony Kopa (vocals) and Geoff Wells (guitars). The Truth released a self-titled album in 1995, and in 1997 added a bass player Mick Girasole for the release of a second album, Headspace with the band re-branded as Truth. The Truth broke up in late 1997.

In 1998, he formed a new band, Banana Oil, with Tim Neal (keyboards), Andy Baylor (guitar) and David Williamson (saxophone), releasing an album, Guavo Lampo.

In 1999, he formed Bomba with Paul Coyle (trumpet, trombone), Dorian West (bass), Pete Mitchell (saxophone, guitar), George Servanis (drums) and his brother Michael (keyboards). Bomba has released four albums.

In 2000, Bomba together with Joe Camilleri set up Transmitter Records.

In 2003, he joined John Butler, together with Shannon Birchall as part of the John Butler Trio to record the group's 2004 album, Sunrise Over Sea. After recording the album he re-joined his band, Bomba.

The year 2006 saw Bomba and Camilleri release Limestone, an album of covers and original music.

He recorded an album of Maltese songs, Nicol Caruana, in 2007 with his 70-year-old father, Nicol Caruana. This was followed in 2008 by his first solo release an EP, Jah In the Moment, which he then toured with a trio around Australia. In 2009 he released, Planet Juice, his first solo album, on which he played drums, guitar, ukele and marimba.

In 2009, he re-joined the John Butler Trio with Byron Luiters on bass, recording the group's fifth studio album, April Uprising. In 2010 Bomba toured with the John Butler Trio, promoting the album.

On August 31, 2013, it was announced by John Butler that Bomba (drums and percussion) would be leaving the John Butler Trio.[3]


Bomba's sister, Danielle Caruana, performs as Mama Kin, and is married to John Butler. His brother Michael Caruana also plays in Mama Kin and Bomba.


Joe Camilleri/Nicky Bomba[edit]

  • Limestone - Transmitter/MGM (2005)

Nicky Bomba & Laroz Haim[edit]

  • Bomba vs. Laroz - Mushroom (2 September 2006)

Nicky Bomba & Nicol Caruana[edit]

  • Nicol Caruna (2007)

Dereb Desalegn & Nicky Bomba[edit]

  • Drums and Lions - Transmitter/MGM (4 November 2006)


  • Jah In the Moment - MGM (5 July 2008)
  • Planet Juice - Bomba Music/Mushroom (19 May 2009)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""Wait Until Tomorrow" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Spencer, Chris; Paul McHenry and Zbig Nowara (2007) [1989]. "Bomba, Nicky". The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Moonlight Publishing. ISBN 1-86503-891-1. Retrieved 5 February 2010.  Note: [on-line] version was expanded from the 2002 edition.
  3. ^ Butler, John (31 August 2013). "John Butler Trio – Facebook". John Butler Trio. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 

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