Goldenhorse Profile

Gary Steel
Published: 17 Sep 2013
Updated: 31 Jul 2019

In the first two years of the 21st century, there was talk of a fresh, pure pop scene in Auckland city, and it revolved around Goldenhorse, a group fronted by Kirsten Morrell, a flame-haired singer with a transcendent voice.

The inception of Goldenhorse came from Kirsten Morell and Geoff Maddock. The two met when Maddock was still playing with the band Bressa Creeting Cake, and the two talents soon started playing together. As recounted in a 2007 Scoop article, “... Geoff and Kirsten had to get a band ready at the last minute for a friend's wedding, the beginnings of Goldenhorse stirred.”

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Wake Up Brother
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Northern Lights
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Golden Dawn
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Goldenhorse
Photo credit: Photo by Georgia Schofield
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Don't Wake Me Up
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The original cover for Riverhead, later replaced
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Goldenhorse
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Kirsten Morrell
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Goldenhorse at the Ohope Tavern, 8 March 2005 - photo by Mark Roach
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Out Of The Moon
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Katie Wolfe's short film This is Her, with soundtrack by Geoff Maddock, 2008
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Maybe Tomorrow
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Kirsten Morrell
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Goldenhorse at the Ohope Tavern, 8 March 2005 - photo by Mark Roach
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Members:

Kirsten Morrell - vocals

Geoff Maddock - guitar, vocals

Ben King - bass, guitar, vocals

Vincent Hine - bass

Nick Gaffaney - drums

Joel Wilton - drums

Andrew Clark - guitar

Ben Collier - drums

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Trivia:

Maybe Tomorrow, written by Geoff Maddock, was the most played song on NZ radio in 2003.

When Vincent Hine joined the group on bass, Ben King – who had played bass to that point – switched to guitar duties.

The group used recording equipment on loan from Tim Finn to piece together their first album Riverhead.

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Siren


7Hz Recordings