Mama Kin Spender (MKS) is a collaboration between artists Danielle Caruana (Mama Kin) & Tommy Spender (Spender) who each have established independent careers as artists. Friends for many years, they have come together to create a stripped back duo of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies that is illuminated by a chorus of singers.
Mama Kin Spender joined forces in 2016 to start writing for their debut album “Golden Magnetic”. The project has been widely acclaimed receiving an Aria Nomination in the Blues and Roots category 2018 and Winner of Best Blues and Roots Album WAM 2018. .Part of the MKS recording and subsequent performance model is to engage with locally based choirs in the towns that they perform in; to engage directly with the communities they tour to, and experience the different sound of every place. The album “Golden Magnetic” was written with this in mind and choir master Virginia Bott was engaged from the outset to develop the choral arrangements for the album and also the live touring model.
“Mama Kin Spender produce a set that epitomises what this festival is — Kin drumming upright with a voice that builds and projects, Spender on guitar, a twenty (or so)-piece choir, they breathe soul and vitality into the place.” — Rolling Stone Magazine