Stiff Gins

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Stiff Gins
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres World/Folk/Acoustic/Vocal
Labels Sony, Didgeridoo
Associated acts Emma Donovan, The Black Arm Band
Members Nardi Simpson
Kaleena Briggs
Past members Emma Donovan
Sieni Taumeopeau

Stiff Gins are an Indigenous Australian band from Sydney. They call their music "acoustic with harmonies" and are regularly compared to Tiddas.[1] The band was formed by Emma Donovan, Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs 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,[2] a name which caused debate about use of the word gin.[3]

The band won Deadlys in 2000 for Most Promising New Talent and in 2001 for Single Release "Morning Star".[4]


  • Soh Fa ep (2000) - Sony
  • Morning Star ep (2000) - Sony
  • Origins (2001) - Sony
  • Kingia Australis (2004) - Didgeridoo records
  • Wind & Water (2011) - Gadigal Music[5]


  1. ^ Ewans, Michael; Rosalind Halton; John A. Phillips (2004). Music Research: New Directions for a New Century. Cambridge Scholars Press. ISBN 9781904303350. 
  2. ^ TE Archive Drink up the Heady soul of Stiff Gins
  3. ^ Dunbar-Hall, Peter; Chris Gibson (July 2004). Deadly Sounds, Deadly Places. Contemporary Aboriginal Music in Australia. University of New South Wales Press. ISBN 9780868406220. 
  4. ^ Michael Ewans, Rosalind Halton, John A. Phillips Music Research: New Directions for a New Century 2004 Page 159 "... 2000, the group won a “Deadly” award (The National Indigenous Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards) for Most Promising New Talent, and in 2001, they won the Single Release of the Year award for their song “Morning Star."
  5. ^ Elder, Bruce (11 June 2011), "Indigenous folk", The Sydney Morning Herald 

Further reading[edit]

Davis, Therese (2006). "'The Spirit, the Heart and the Power': An Interview with the 'Stiff Gins' on Music, Friendship and History". Aboriginal History. 30: 111–123. 

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