At the Campbelltown Arts Centre Mission Songs will be rehearsing for a performance on the 29th of April. This residency is about getting the band together and preparing for a very special performance at Yirramboi Festival in Melbourne the following weekend. Whilst also finding new depths in the music and the stories.
About: Mission Songs
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.