Live music is the lifeblood of our artistic connection. This is where we gather. This is where we find each other IN REAL TIME. This is where we connect. If you’ve ever been to a gig and felt the chills. If you’ve ever been to a festival and discovered a new act that became the soundtrack to an era of your life... we need you to stand now to protect live music! #dontkilllivemusic #dontkilllivemusicaustralia Check out the full threat to our culture and art here: www.dontkilllivemusic.org
Today we arrived in Hamilton NZ. We walked down to the Waikato River and this was one of the many golden scenes that our eyes drank in. Summer in full swing with a pier full of young people doing synchronized Bombies into the river, only to clamber out, line themselves up and do it all again. I am loving this trip TO PIECES. Can’t wait to play Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival Wednesday night with Hamilton Choir Nick’s Britches set in the beautiful Hamilton Gardens. Feeling so freakin Lucky to be sharing the Golden Magnetic vibes with brand new audiences almost a year to the day we released it. So grateful. Thank you. I’ll be swimming in that river tomorrow morning. I’ll be doing bombies and the odd belly whacker... I’ll be as ungraceful AF while being grateful AF. Goodnight!
WESTERN AUSTRALIA!!… We want to come and play music for you and your friends.. in your house (or backyard, or shed, or gazebo or purpose built amphitheatre).. IN WA.. IN MAY.. for our Parlour Gigs house concert tour.. aptly and genius-ly named WA IN MAY. http://parlour.tours/mamakin-spender It is super easy.. you just say to yourself “Ohhh i do like the sound of that.. that would be such a fun time of frivolity and stories and all round good vibes” and then you just follow the links and apply to host! Sorted! Done! Dusted! Mama Kin Spender WA in May is coming your WAY!! Get your apps in QUICK STICKS.
FLASHBACK FRIDAY! Back when I was in a band with one of my other best friends Emily Lubitz of Tinpan Orange, Dave Mann (The incredible gentle wonder) of The Nomadics and 7 month old Sammy! We Two Thieves ... stealing moments to write, record, promote and tour between morning sickness, breastfeeding, food, epic car rides, sleeps, joy and desperation. We would all sing huddled around one mic, no fold back on stage, swooping in to add our harmonies to each other songs, my heart was constantly swollen. My cheeks hurt with the sheer width of my smile. I miss you my darling Emi. I miss laughing with you. I miss our voices spooning each other. I don’t miss how ridiculously far I would go with my humor just to keep you laughing (actually I do). Please kick me off! If you haven’t heard the album we made check out At Midnight We Ride by We Two Thieves in all the places where music is on the offering!!!! Happy Friday my peeps.
Got Peeps in NZ... SEND THEM OUR WAYYYYY! Pretty pumped to be skipping across the ditch for this TRIFECTA OF NZ AWESOME next week! 3 NEW CHOIRS AHOYYYYYYY!!! The Vocal Collective - Formerly The Christchurch Pops Choir Supertonic Nicks Britches Can’t wait to hit the road again with my sweet gang Vinnie Virginia Bott and Tango Spender FOR: Nostalgia Festival Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival Coastella WITH::: Trinity Roots C.W. Stoneking The Beths The Miltones Holly Arrowsmith Adam Hattaway and the Haunters Soaked Oats Deep Water Creek BULLHORN Rosy Tin Teacaddy Ha the Unclear Richter City Rebels
Next stop ENNNN ZEDDDDD! Mucho excite about skipping the ditch with my primo buddies Spender and Virginia Bott taking our choir collab vision even further afield! Nostalgia Festival with The Vocal Collective - Formerly The Christchurch Pops Choir Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival with NICKS BRITCHES CHOIR Coastella with Supertonic . . YESSSSSSSSSSSSS. 📸 Nick McKinlay
Backstage. @spender and I in matching Hampton beach attire. Last show of the USA Canada tour with @johnbutlertrio... 5 shows a week for 7 weeks. . Well deserved stop drop and get your hands down your @dickies end of tour photo. 2018 was a massive fkn year. 2019 is lookin goooooooood. #mamakinspenderbender
I warned you... mapesto! 1. Pluck basil leaves from stems leaves... for extra smugness basil should come out if your garden... as these did... shameless smug plug ohhhh that’s a new one #shamelesssmugplug 2. Wash em 3. Put handfuls in mortar and pestle and start banging adding olive oil salt and lemon juice as you go keep adding more leaves and banging 4. Chuck in some raw garlic 5. Chuck in some dry pan fried pine nuts 6. Bang bang bang taste bang stir taste salt oil lemon bang bang 7. Chuck it in a jar 8. Feel smug
Arrived home to zucchins the size of my sailor jerry!! Quick zucchini recipes... STAT!!!! Oh and happy new year... I’m calling this one 2000 and TIMETEEN because I am going own TIME time is not going to own me. Not now. Not ever. Sending my love to you all for a bumper glorious year. Now... zucchini recipes. Go!
I’ve been on the serious WIND IT BACK AND DOWN mission heading into mega Xmas.... but there’s a little sparkle in the middle of Jan that has me keeping an eye on the big prize.... PLAYING GIGS WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE.... like The Waifs for Eg! Join us and Pete Murray Carla Geneve and Busby Marou for some Rotto Magical 2019.. SummerSalt see you there
HEY IT'S DAN AND TOMMY HERE AND DISTANCE WILL NOT STOP OUR EXCITEMENT! Because 2019 sees us heading to the BEAUTIFUL and VERDANT NEW ZEALAND (yes I am yelling) to play a few handpicked delicious festivals... INCLUDING Coastella ARRGHGHGHGH.. where we will be performing with an amazing local choir Supertonic choir!!! BRING. IT. ON.
Anyone who knows me well has probably had a conversation with me at some point that goes something like... me: "I am so blown away by blah blah blah that I read the other day" other person: "wow.. where did you read that" me: "It was in a Dumbo Feather article" other person: "What is Dumbo Feather?" me: (with shock face, hands cupped on cheeks): "you don't know Dumbo Feather??? Oh My Gooooooodness... Let me grab you some of my back catalogue!!! IT is amazing" Then me at my bookshelf pulling out magazine after magazine and saying.. "oohhhh this one with so and so... and this one.. ohhhh this one" OK I have a major Dumbo Feather crush... so when they ask me to write for them I try to act fairly composed... but deep inside little fireworks happen in my brain and my heart, and every one of my cells smile. Long story.... punchline? I WROTE ANOTHER MINI ARTICLE FOR THEM It is about my experience of working with choirs for this project with Spender. It gives some back ground to my quest for harmony with many voices, and connection. It is about the fact that I believe that we really do Belong to Each to each other and when I sing with others, every part of me remembers this. Within the clip.. you will also be able to see a video of Tommy and I performing 'Carry Me' with First Chorus Band Of Singers in the beautiful Dumbo Feather Headquarters in St Kilda shot and edited by the wonderful Wilk and recorded by Casey Hartnett. https://www.dumbofeather.com/articles/mama-kin-spender-choir/
Yesterday, 16 years ago, I gave birth to my first child. I crossed a bridge I would never be able to uncross. My daughter made me a Mama. I thought my job was to lead and guide her towards her best most expressed self, but as I reflect on the last 16 years I see that she has grown me and shaped me and inspired me in ways I could never have expected. I have learnt more about myself through parenting you that through any other experience. I love deeper, laugh longer, dance more freely, sing more bravely, walk lighter and see more beauty everywhere.... because... you! Lala... you are a force. A force of humor, kindness, dagginess, love, bravery, empathy, groove and loyalty. This photo sums up how I feel about sharing this life with you. Happy birthday you freakin legend. You bring so much golden joy to so many people. Come home now. I need to hear you sing while I make breakfast while pretending that it’s no big deal but quietly freaking out inside about how amazing you are, but staying totally cool, and being all like yeah whatever, but throwing deep shade at anyone who might dare speak while you’re singing. So yeah. Love you. 📸 Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore for Her Sound, Her Story of us singing Not Pretty Enough by Kasey Chambers (barely keeping my shit together black and white shot by Jessica H. M. Tremp other photos I don’t know who took them but THANKS!!!
Yesterday, 16 years ago, I gave birth to my first child. I crossed a bridge I would never be able to uncross. My daughter made me a Mama. I thought my job was to lead and guide her towards her best most expressed self, but as I reflect on the last 16 years I see that she has grown me and shaped me and inspired me in ways I could never have expected. I have learnt more about myself through parenting you that through any other experience. I love deeper, laugh longer, dance more freely, sing more bravely, walk lighter and see more beauty everywhere.... because... you! Lala... you are a force. A force of humor, kindness, dagginess, love, empathy, groove and loyalty. This photo sums up how I feel about sharing this life with you. Happy birthday you freakin legend. You bring so much golden joy to so many people. Come home now. I need to hear you sing while I make breakfast while pretending that it’s no big deal but quietly freaking out inside about how amazing you are, but staying totally cool, and being all like yeah whatever, but throwing deep shade at anyone who might dare speak while you’re singing. So yeah. Love you. 📸 Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore for Her Sound, Her Story of us singing Not Pretty Enough by Kasey Chambers (barely keeping my shit together)
So inspired by this video and this song and this message. The power, clarity, sheer beauty and vulnerability in this delivery moves me deeply. Nai Palm I send much healing energy and loving light your way as you rise like a true warrior through this trial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eC9MHadZt0 Here is the message from Nai Palm regarding this video: "A note from Nai. This video was taken the day after my surgery to remove my right breast in an attempt to save my life from breast cancer. It is a life experience I will carry with me always. I wanted to capture something from the most vulnerable place live and direct from my hospital bed to help others feel strong in the same position. Also the sunset was perfect. I don’t even really know the words without singing along with Curtis but they just filled my heart and were soo on point in the moment. Paul Bender worked the chords out in like two seconds like a boss. It was filmed by my beautiful gem of a friend and manager Scott Barkham. “The Makings of You” has been such a savior to my diagnosis sanity and the first thing I wanted to sing as soon as my body could handle it. Please check the original by the great Curtis Mayfield and it’s orchestral beauty, elegance and grace. 🔥🌹"
Last week Spender Virginia Bott and Uma Spender Yoga and I went to the ARIA Awards.... because GOLDEN MAGNETIC was nominated for BEST BLUES AND ROOTS RELEASE! We were nominated in a category of friends and fkn legends including Ruby Boots Emily Wurramara Tash Sultana (who took out the Gong CONGRATS) and Angus and Julia Stone.... I mean WHATTA LINE UP??!!!!! Far as I’m concerned a TOTAL PACK O WINNERS!!! . . So here is my little photo album from the night featuring Fanny Lumsden Mojo Juju Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore (why do I always end up trying to put my vagina on your shoulder in every photo op we have REH???) Katie Rynne and Casey (from Select Music) Shari Hindmarsh (our amazing publicist from Secret Service Public Relations) and our crew!!! . . I am wearing a golden and magnetic suit made in Melbourne and designed by musician and mother of 5 DAUGHTERS fkn powerhouse creative geyser Anna Cordell Clothing check out her music vibe at Anna Cordell. THANKS ANNA! . . To the whole team including those not in the pics... (BMG Australia ABC Music and Clara Iaccarino) thanks for all of your hard work and love and dedication. . . See ya later 2018. You were a fkn dooooozie! (Anyone know the etymology of this word???) next stop 2019... first gig next year JAN 13 SummerSalt on Rotto with The Waifs, Pete Murray Busby Marou and Carla Geneve. Bring it on 2019.
Sitting on the plane. Waiting to take off enroute to the ARIA awards where we have been nominated for an award amongst an INCREDIBLE list of our peers for BEST BLUES AND ROOTS album. I am reflecting. Reflecting about a conversation with a friend... it went something like “let’s just write some songs together and see what happens....” and then another convo that went “wouldn’t it be great to work with local choirs...” and then.... 2018 looked like this. This is the list of shows we have done and choirs we have had the honor of singing with since the release of GOLDEN MAGNETIC earlier this year. As I buckle my seat belt and pretend to listen to the safety demonstration I’m thinking back to all of your smiling faces and your voices and your loving embraces after the shows... choirs and audiences alike... from west coast australia to west coast Ireland, Canada, USA and beyond thanks for the love you all showed us. You are all the reward and award I’ll ever need. Feeling like a winner when I look at this list. Spender it’s not for the faint hearted. . . Let us know if you were at one of these shows or sang with us in one of these choirs! Where were you??? Big love to you all.
Been HANGING to share this news with you!!!! 2019 will see us crossing the ditch and heading to NZ for some shows with AMAZING local choirs!!! Here is the first bit of news!! Coastella festival in Paraparaumu we will be joining Trinity Roots C.W. Stoneking and MANY MORE! See you there. #coastella2019