Stiff Gins

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Stiff Gins

Stiff Gins, the dynamic musical duo comprising the talents of Wiradjuri/Yorta Yorta woman Kaleena Briggs and Yuwaalaraay woman Nardi Simpson, are marking a significant milestone in 2024 as they celebrate twenty-five years of harmonious and culturally resonant music-making. Renowned as Australia’s foremost and longest-performing all-Indigenous female group, Stiff Gins have transcended borders and captivated audiences on a global scale, from the vibrant stages of the US, Canada, UK, Asia, to the heart of Africa.

From humble beginnings at the Eora Centre in Redfern back in 1997, Stiff Gins have not only solidified their position within the Australian music and artistic community but have also become cultural ambassadors, sharing the essence of their music, language, and heritage wherever their melodic journey takes them. With a discography boasting three studio albums, three impactful single releases, and a theatrical production that resonated with audiences, their musical prowess has garnered accolades, including the prestigious Centenary Medal for ‘Outstanding Service to Indigenous Music’.

While their last commercial release dates back to 2011, the creative evolution of Stiff Gins has been nothing short of remarkable, with both members, Kaleena and Nardi, embarking on individual musical ventures that have further enriched their collective artistry. Evident in their collaborative synergy is a refined complexity and depth in their songwriting and performances, reflecting a newfound creative zenith that has attracted collaborations with esteemed musicians from diverse musical realms.

Beyond their musical endeavours, Stiff Gins remain deeply committed to nurturing emerging First Nations talents, with Kaleena spearheading initiatives as the First Nations Development Coordinator with Music NSW, and Nardi actively engaging as a cultural teacher, artist, and mentor at the esteemed Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

In this current phase of their illustrious career, Stiff Gins stand at the precipice of musical ingenuity, where their craft continues to evolve, intertwining cultural depth with artistic sophistication. Through their empowering partnership, Stiff Gins not only affirm their cultural legacy but also forge enduring connections with world-class musicians across diverse musical landscapes, solidifying their resonance as trailblazers in the contemporary music scene.

The journey of Stiff Gins is emblematic of resilience, creativity, and unwavering dedication to fostering cultural pride and musical innovation—a testament to their enduring legacy in the global music landscape.

And looking to the future, their followers can anticipate a new album due for release with a string of breathtaking performances on the horizon.

Career Highlights

  • Recipients of the Centenary Medal for ‘Outstanding Service to Indigenous Music.
  • Performed at Australia’s biggest festivals including Big Day Out, Homebake, Bluesfest, Womad, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Peats Ridge, and many more.
  • Toured extensively overseas including North America, Canada, UK, Amsterdam, Spain, France, Singapore, Vietnam, Egypt, Cyprus, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, New Zealand, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya.
  • Run thousands of workshops in rural and remote indigenous communities throughout Australia.
  • Favourites on the Australian Folk scene including Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, The National Folk Festival, and many more
  • Featured in the groundbreaking Sydney Festival event “I am Eora”
  • Performed for some of Australia’s largest companies and events including Tourism Australia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sydney Lord Mayors Millennium Party, Sydney organising committee of the Olympic Games (SOCOG), Australia Day Council, AMP, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, KPMG, Sydney Commonwealth Games Association, AFL, NRL, Qantas, and Virgin Blue among others.
  • Multi Award Winners and Nominees
  • Nardi Simpson’s acclaimed novel ‘Song of the Crocodile released in 2020, via Hachette Australia, with her second novel due for publication in 2024.
  • Stiff Gins: Spirit of Things (Album) released exclusively to Spotify in August 2021.
  • 3 acclaimed album releases, with 4th album in development for 2025 release.
  • Stiff Gins celebrate their 25th Anniversary in 2024.

Festival Performances 

  • National Folk Festival
  • Woodford Folk Festival
  • Darwin Festival
  • Yabun Festival
  • Giiyong Festival
  • Bleach Festival
  • Girrakool Blues Festival
  • Brunswick Music Festival
  • Seachange Festival
  • Write Around the Murray
  • Cobargo Folk Festival
  • Blue Mountains Music Festival
  • Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass
  • Warangesta Festival
  • Jimmy Little Festival
  • Sydney Folk Festival
  • Bundanoon Folk Festival
  • Illawarra Folk Festival
  • Canberra International Arts Festival


“Stiff Gins’ distinctively tight vocal harmonies will stun and seduce you simultaneously.”
Diaspora World Beat

“Stiff Gins are one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed indigenous folk/pop/vocal groups.”
Chaos Website

“The Stiff Gins are becoming synonymous with excellence.”
ABC Online