• Origin: Sydney, New South Wales
• Genres: World/Folk/Acoustic/Vocal
• Labels: Sony, Didgeridoo
• Members: Nardi Simpson, Kaleena Briggs
• Associated Acts: Emma Donovan,
•Associated Acts: The Black Arm Band
• Past Members: Emma Donovan,
•Past Members: Sieni Taumeopeau
The Stiff Gins are one of Australia's best known and most loved Indigenous acts. These two women combine their stunning harmonies and wicked humour to transport you to a world of joy,spirit and song and the Stiff Gins Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs have much to celebrate
Thirteen years ago, their moniker was reclamation of an offensive reference to Aboriginal women, a banner to guide their music in the direction of strength and pride. Three albums and countless breathtaking shows later, the name has become synonymous with musical excellence.
They have travelled the world, received prestigious awards, and created a loyal fan base with their heartfelt songs and emotive performances. They've performed in the Middle East and remote communities across Australia, and developed a musical friendship that has transformed them both. Now, with their new album Wind & Water, they have perfected a sound that honours the raw power of their voices and their history while leading them firmly into the future of Australian music.
"Kingia Australis" is a long maturing native tree known as "Black Gin" found only in the south western corner of Western Australia. It is distinguished by flowers that appear only after bushfire. After a fire, the fronds from the plant melt and harden down the trunk of the plant, protecting, renewing it and making it stronger.
The album is similarly a flowering for the Stiff Gins (Kaleena Briggs & Nardi Simpson) after a time of uncertainty (during which there were several personnel changes), and hopefully making the band stronger.
Nardi Simpson is from the Yuwaalaraay people with roots in Sydney's inner west and country NSW. She completed her degree in contemporary music in 2003.
Kaleena is from the Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta people of southern NSW and northern Victoria. Together the Stiff Gins have won numerous nominations and awards from 2000 onwards, and have also represented Australia in many countries.
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Brisbane's 24-year-old Robbie Miller has followed in the footsteps of Thelma Plum and won this year's triple j Unearthed National Indigenous Music Awards competition.
The talent search held by the radio station and the NIMAs chose Miller for his obscurity and "raw talent", with the singer/songwriter now set to perform at the awards ceremony in August.
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