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Mother and Child - Dairy's inherent Despair
Apr 13 2017

Mother_and_Child_CoverDairy products made from cow’s milk are often left until very last in the progression from 'omnivore'/carnist to vegan.

It’s often thought that these pose no reason for concern as they are obtained ‘naturally’ and ‘without harm’, that a cow ‘gives her milk’ easily and willingly, and that the horrors of other farming and slaughter methods don’t apply.

However, cows are mammals, and basic biology of course requires a cow to be impregnated and give birth to a calf for her milk production to kick in.

The calves are usually removed within mere hours of birth, causing trauma to both the mothers and the calves, which is why I have called this post “dairy’s inherent despair”.

MC Pony’s new single "Mother and Child" depicts this moving story of a mother cow giving birth to – and then being separated from – her newborn calf.

The co-writer, James Donnelly, also features in the choruses with his acoustic duo partner Naomi Crain, as "James and Naomi".


Tamara_Kenneally_photoCredits for the official music video:

And for the single itself:

  • Mother and Child - MC Pony featuring James and Naomi
  • Written by James Donnelly and Elizabeth Usher
  • Programming, bass and guitar - James Donnelly
  • Produced by James Donnelly and Elizabeth Usher
  • Mastering by Kathy Naunton, dB Mastering

The first chance to hear this song live in Sydney is coming up on Saturday 22nd April at a special fundraiser for Animal Liberation NSW. See for more details and tickets to this one night festival event - including vegan dairy options such as cheeses and chocolates to sample and buy!

There is also the Facebook event page - please spread the word! 

Date: Saturday 22nd April 2017 (three weeks before Mother’s Day!)
Time: 6pm – 10.30pm, show runs 7pm – 10pm with an intermission
Event name: Dairy Truths & Music for the Animal Liberation movement
Venue: Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
Tickets: Advance purchase: $10 concession, $20 full price (on the night: $15/$25)

The "Mother and Child" single will be available to purchase after the launch event, through digital music stores including CD Baby, iTunes, and Google Play - see for all the details!

And above all remember: with oh so many vegan dairy options to choose from and delight in, there is no need to partake of the products of despair! 





Born to Die - a brand new single
Mar 10 2017

I am so excited to announce that there is another MC Pony release on the way.

"Born to Die" is an evocative 'first-person' account of a broiler chicken's sad existence. Co-written with fellow Sydney-sider Robert Pearce, and featuring Tayberry as guest vocal artist, we hope this track will help spread a greater awareness to the reality of 'broiler farming'.

The single will be released officially late next week but you can already give it a spin on YouTube or Facebook.


The Icing on my Cake
Feb 14 2017

Icing_on_my_Cake_thumbnailI wrote a love song over half a decade ago called “The Icing on my Cake”. It’s a sweet little ditty (pardon the pun!!) that doesn’t fit for MC Pony and also isn’t ‘commercial’ enough to use for pitching to other artists. But I still wanted to share it somehow, and with today being Valentine’s Day it seemed appropriate timing to release this particular track into the world.

Enormous thanks to Kristin Lajeunesse of Will Travel for Vegan Food for supplying so many shots of various delicious vegan desserts she has encountered in her travels + editing this all together! Thanks also to an anonymous friend for lending me her amazing vocals. :)



I Am Someone exhibition opening night
Nov 05 2016

I_Am_Someone_Gary_Sheppard_wall_shotCongratulations to Gary Sheppard, whose stunning photographic exhibition of residents from the Where Pigs Fly sanctuary aims "to challenge and reconstruct society’s perception of farm animals as sentient and emotional beings inspiring greater respect and compassion towards them.”  


The MAKER kitchen opening inspires a blog post!
Oct 22 2016

MAKER_orange_cakeWell, Winter has come and gone and even half of Spring has passed me by without another blog update here, but the grand opening event for the MAKER Kitchen takeaway coffee and treat bar has brought me out of hibernation!  Here's a bit of a mix of recent Veganthused! and MC Pony happenings, along with certified drool-worthy pics from the food delights available at today's opening.



Fiona Fox - in loving memory
May 27 2016

The Australian animal movement has this week lost a brave, compassionate, and inspiring activist.

Donations in Fiona Fox’s honour may be made to NSW Hen Rescue or A Poultry Place, two rescue organisations close to her heart.


MC Pony’s 18th Veganniversary celebration!
May 03 2016

Well, I will warn you right from the outset that this is going to be a super-long blog post, so apologies in advance for that – for what it’s worth, there’s a cute pic of dear Jackpot at the bottom as your reward for getting all the way down there!  But I’m just so excited and the reason is: as of next month, June 2016, I will officially be an 'adult vegan', so I’m throwing a special party & track release combo event and I'd love for you to come celebrate with me!


Happy Veganniversary - MC Pony's first official single!
Aug 30 2015

Happy_Veganniversary_release_promo_imageAre you vegan? This is a song for you to celebrate the anniversary of the date you went vegan! If you don't know the date, how about picking 1st November, World Vegan Day, and playing it for yourself then? This also gives you another great excuse to eat some vegan cake!

If you're not vegan, you probably still know someone who is, so why not send them the link ( to bring a smile to their face!


This Muddy Swine
Feb 13 2015

Just in time for Valentine's Day - meet the pig who captured my heart!  <3thumb_Henry


Lentil as Anything arrives in Sydney!
May 07 2014

Lentil as Anything Curry PlatterYes, the headline says it all – there’s now another item that can be crossed off the list of “things that could make Sydney vegans be jealous of Melbourne”! Tonight was the Opening Night of the Newtown-based Lentil as Anything, a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ enterprise that relies heavily on volunteers and the good side of human nature. This was definitely big enough news to break the almost 5-month drought on this blog!


Ah, milk, how do I drink thee? Let me count the ways...
Jan 24 2014

Today I bring you the final in the “Cheesy Moves” video series – so I figured I might as well throw in some cheesy verse to match my over-acting and poor dancing.


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