Goldenhorse Profile

Gary Steel
Published: 17 Sep 2013
Updated: 3 Aug 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 Morrell 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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Don't Wake Me Up
Goldenhorse - Maybe Tomorrow (2003)
Kirsten Morrell
Photo credit: Photo by Georgia Schofield
Katie Wolfe's short film This is Her, with soundtrack by Geoff Maddock, 2008
Goldenhorse at the Ohope Tavern, 8 March 2005 - photo by Mark Roach
Photo credit: Mark Roach
The original cover for Riverhead, later replaced
Kirsten Morrell
Photo credit: Photo by Georgia Schofield
Northern Lights
Goldenhorse at the Ohope Tavern, 8 March 2005 - photo by Mark Roach
Photo credit: Mark Roach
Goldenhorse
Goldenhorse
Photo credit: Photo by Georgia Schofield
Golden Dawn
Fish
Maybe Tomorrow
Wake Up Brother
Out Of The Moon
Run Run Run
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.

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

Labels:

Siren


7Hz Recordings