MISSION SONGS PROJECT

Australian Aboriginal Folk Songs

“Islander rhythms, campfire country and defiant humour celebrate simple joys. Melancholy ballads chart a journey of blood, sweat and tears… you’ll almost hear the kettle boil as a closing home recording of the elders invites us to sit down with these unsung survivors.”— 4.5 stars, Fairfax Media

 
 

LATEST NEWS

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10 MINI EPISODE SERIES SOON ON ABC IVIEW!

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, Jessie Lloyd  will be releasing a 10 mini episode Mission Songs Project series on ABC iView on Sunday 8th of November 2020. Travel across Australia and learn the stories and histories of the songs from The Songs Back Home album.

Coming Soon...

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LISTEN NOW - JESSIE LLOYD TALKS BEHIND THE SONGS

Check out this 26min audio discussion on the stories and communities behind the songs. Includes live performances with Emma Donovan and Deline Briscoe at National Folk Festival in 2019. 

Downloadable audio file

 

ABOUT MISSION SONGS PROJECT

A Musical Journey

Jessie Lloyd’s profoundly moving Mission Songs Project reveals the daily life of Australian Aboriginal people on the missions, settlements and reserves during the Missions Era of 1901 to 1967. A musical time travel of original compositions from the residents over multiple generations.

Mission Songs Project explores the human reality when Aboriginal people were forcibly removed from their homelands and moved onto managed lands, either as inmates or wards of the state. In a time of great distress, these truthful songs are surprisingly filled with optimism and hope, revealing a forgotten story on an unexplored corner of Australian history.

Mission Songs Project faithfully navigates the musical journey of Aboriginal music and connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st Century. This is a musical journey through time and place, this is our songlines.

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‘Mission Songs Project presents contemporary folk songs that continue the ancient song lines of this country. The songs speak of the daily lives of the First Peoples who were relocated from their traditional homelands to the missions. There are some well known songs and also hidden gems that have been uncovered.’

Archie Roach

‘The 20th Century songs composed and sung on Aboriginal mission and settlements are records of our history and tell us about the emotions and aspirations of their composers. Jessie Lloyd’s research to find these songs is a profoundly important contribution to our nation and music.’

Prof Marcia Langton

 
 

COLLABORATING ARTISTS & ADVISORS

Contributing performers, advisors and supporters to Mission Songs Project

JESSIE LLOYD

Creator and Music Director

EMMA DONOVAN

Vocalist & Advisor

DELINE BRISCOE

Vocalist & Advisor

SHELLIE MORRIS

Vocalist & Advisor

CANDICE LORRAE

Vocalist

KRISTEL KICKETT

Vocalist

JESSICA HITCHCOCK

Vocalist

LEAH FLANAGAN

Vocalist

GUY GHOUSE

Guitarist

KARINA NOLAN

Vocalist

MONICA WEIGHTMAN

Vocalist & Guitarist

ROBERT CHAMPION

Vocalist & Giutarist

JOHN WAYNE PARSONS

Vocalist

TIRIKI ONUS

Vocalist

ELVERINA JOHNSON

Vocalist & Advisor

LOU BENNETT

Vocalist & Advisor

ROGER KNOX

Senior Advisor

CESSA NAKATA

Senior Advisor

SEAMAN DAN

Senior Advisor

JOE GEIA

Senior Advisor