Sunday, 11 June 2017


Stiff Gins are an Indigenous Australian band from Sydney. They call their music "acoustic with harmonies" and are regularly compared to Tiddas. The band was formed by Emma Donovan, Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs in 1999, after meeting at the Eora Centre while studying music. The band's name uses the word gin (a derogatory word for Aboriginal woman which was also a Dharug word for woman/wife) with the word stiff to become strong black woman, a name which caused debate about use of the word gin. The band won Deadlys in 2000 for Most Promising New Talent and in 2001 for Single Release "Morning Star". They have released two albums 'Origins' in 2001 and 'Kinglis Australis' in 2005.


Nardi Simpson (acoustic guitar, vocals), Kayleena Briggs (vocals), Emma Donovan (vocals, 1997-2001)



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