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Our Purpose
'We're looking at 4 to 5 generations of unrecorded cultural practice' - J.Lloyd

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and present a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were composed and performed between 1900 to 1999.

The Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous music, as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary and reveals the continuation of cultural practice and oral traditions into the twenty first century.

These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.

The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world.

CONTRIBUTORS

Contributing performers, advisors and supporters to Mission Songs Project

Deline Briscoe

Vocalist
Deline Briscoe is an international musician and vocalist – original grooves and intoxicating rythmns. Strong Yalanji music – the sound of rainforest soul.

Jessica Hitchcock

Vocalist

Guy Ghouse

Guitarist
Originally from Broome, Guy is also known from his dynamic duo Desert Child and also performs alongside Noongar singer Gina Williams.

Karrina Nolan

Vocalist
A Yorta Yorta woman from Victoria and a seasoned choir singer, Karrina was with previously in Brunswick Women’s Choir and Skin Choir. Passionate and committed to Koorie voice and song, Karrina has committed much of her time to community development through arts both professionally and voluntarily.

Leah Flanagan

Vocalist
Leah Flanagan is a singer-songwriter from Darwin, Northern Territory. She has Italian, Aboriginal and Irish heritage. She graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide with a degree in Classical Music.

MONICA WEIGHTMAN

Musician – Guitar
Heralding from QLD, Monica moved to Melbourne 20 years ago to study jazz and pursue a musical career. An accomplished singer and guitarist, Monica has experience in teaching, recording and producing. She also performs with Koorie Tiddas Youth Choir.

John Wayne Parsons

Vocalist
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Tiriki Onus

Vocalist
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Lou Bennett

Feature Vocalist & Advisor

Roger Knox

Senior Songman & Advisor
Roger Knox, aka the Koori King of Country or Black Elvis as he’s known in his homeland, is an Aboriginal Australian Country & Western singer with a honeyed bear hug of a voice.

Seaman Dan

Senior Songman & Advisor
Henry Gibson “Seaman” Dan, known as Seaman Dan, an Indigenous Australian, is a Torres Strait Islander singer-songwriter with a national and international reputation whose first recording was released in 2000.

Elverina Johnson

Songwoman & Advisor
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Chris Sullivan

Advisor
Chris Sullivan is a Australian folklorist and folk song collector

Cedric Geia

Senior Songman & Advisor

Joe Geia

Senior Songman & Advisor

Project Advisors

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