Mama Kin Spender
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 with Rolling Stone magazine noting “Mama Kin Spender produce a set that epitomises what this festival is — Kin drumming upright with a voice that builds & projects, Spender on guitar, a twenty piece choir, they breathe soul and vitality into the place.”
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.
To date the engagement of choirs and the shows have been incredibly successful. Once a choir has been engaged they are given access to the MKS on line resource portal which provides all of the choral arrangements, charts, welcome video, and specific audio support materials. There is generally a 6 week rehearsal period with the local choir leader receiving direct guidance and assistance from Virginia. The workshop/rehearsal with the choir is then the coming together of the artist and the collaborator, where MKS and Virginia connect with the choir, expand the understand of the deeper meaning of the songs, fine tune the arrangements and prepare the choir for their shared performance. MKS have found that this model of local choir engagement builds audiences, brings artistic excellence to regions and engages communities in a meaningful way with the Arts.