Jen Cloher Rocks Out Her Matriarchal Line & Identity In “Strong Woman”

“To love was to live in sin”

Photo: Tajette O’Hallaran

Jen Cloher demolishes gender boundaries and embraces her identity in her new music video “Strong Woman,” where we see the gal rock alongside her partner Courtney Barnett in a warehouse in London. Shot in noir by a two-camera crew, the simple aesthetics of the video highlights Jen’s aura as a performer – it is stressfully glorious. In one second she is fluttering gracefully and in the next, she is lacerating the outdated gender notions with her chords. “Strong Woman” is a snapshot of Jen’s upbringing and how the women in her life have shaped her. Enjoy below:

“It recently occurred to me that I have always been a leader, a strong woman. It’s not a quality that was cultivated but something I inherited. My matriarchal line is Ngapuhi, a Maori tribe from the Far North of New Zealand. There’s a famous Maori saying, ‘Kia kaha’ which means ‘Stay strong’, my Mother Dorothy modelled that quality to me growing up and I’m forever grateful that she did,” shared Jen.

The single is from her self-titled fourth record, which came out on August 11th of this year and topped at No. 5 in the ARIA Albums Chart in Australia. Jen has recently unveiled more tour dates:

North America 2017 tour

10/6-8 – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (San Francisco, CA, USA)

10/11 – House of Blues (San Diego, CA, USA)

10/13 –15 – Desert Daze (Joshua Tree, CA, USA)

10/14 – The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (Los Angeles, CA, USA)***SOLD OUT

10/15 – Orpheum Theatre (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

10/18 – Fox Theatre (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

10/20 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Portland, OR, USA)

10/21 – Moore Theatre (Seattle, WA, USA)***SOLD OUT

10/22 – The Showbox (Seattle, WA, USA)***SOLD OUT

10/25 – Palace Theatre (St. Paul, MN, USA)***SOLD OUT

10/26 – Rockefeller Chapel (Chicago, IL, USA)***SOLD OUT

10/27 – Thalia Hall (Chicago, IL, USA)***SOLD OUT

10/28 – Empty Bottle (Chicago, IL, USA)***SOLD OUT

10/30 – Royal Oak Music Theatre (Royal Oak, MI, USA)

10/31 – Massey Hall (Toronto, ON, Canada)

11/1 – Beacon Theatre (New York, NY, USA)***SOLD OUT

11/3 – Tower Theatre (New York, NY, USA)

11/4 – Orpheum Theatre (Boston, MA, USA)

11/6 – Loew’s Jersey Theatre (Jersey City, NJ, USA)

11/7 – The Anthem (Washington, DC, USA)

11/9 – Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN, USA)

11/10 – McFarlin Memorial Auditorium (Dalls, TX, USA)

11/11 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Austin, TX, USA)***SOLD OUT

North America 2018 tour

1/23 – The Echo (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

1/24 – Café Du Nord (San Francisco, CA, USA)

1/26 – Bunk Bar (Portland, OR, USA)

1/27 – Barboza (Seattle, WA, USA)

1/30 – Rough Trade (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

1/31 – Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

2/1 – DC9 – (Washington, DC, USA)

Europe 2018 tour

2/5 – Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival, La Maroquinerie (Paris, France)

2/6 – Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival, La Lune des Pirates (Amiens, France)

2/8 – Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival, Le 106 (Rouen,

2/9 – Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival,Le Temps Machine (Tours,

2/10 – Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival, L’Echonova (Vannes,

2/11 – Rotown (Rotterdam,

2/13 – Tufnell Dome (London, UK)

2/14 – Deaf Institute (Manchester, UK)

2/15 – Broadcast (Glasgow, UK)

2/16 – The Hare and Hound (Birmingham, UK)

2/17 – The Hope and Ruin (Brighton, UK)