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Mission Songs Project
Jessie Lloyd Music
''The stories are heartfelt and beautifully sung – perhaps not with the campfire instruments of their natural settings, but the end result is one that adapts well to the contemporary stage and travels to a diverse and broad audience – for The Mission Songs Project, this is mission accomplished, and accomplished incredibly well.” - Elizabeth Walton, Timber & Steel
Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions, state run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated. Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, the project looks to explore the day to day life of the mission days, from cultural identity to love and loss. These unique songs consist of almost forgotten stories that shed light into the history of our Indigenous elders, families and communities. Performed as a vocal quartet, Jessie presents a rare performance style found only in Indigenous communities; such as family gatherings, social events or yarns over a cuppa. Story-telling, a major component of the performance, gives historical context and personal experiences into the tunes sung from the missions era, making the show warm, humorous and heartfelt. Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music and connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st Century.
History & background
A composer, performer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie Lloyd is a cultural practitioner of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music who is dedicated to the continuation of song traditions through the presentation of stories and song. Her mission is to produce, perform and progress Australian music through innovative concepts, collaborative projects and cultural practice. Maintaining an authenticity that contributes to the rich diversity of Australian arts and its audiences, and working towards positive and progressive social opportunities, values and attitudes.
Marketing selling points
The performance is a musical time travel into the Aboriginal missions during the missions era of 1901 to 1967. A corner of Australian history never before been made accessible. The performance showcases a collection of 'mission songs' from the missions era, with mission songs being now a newly recognised genre of Australian Music. The performance is delivered by some of the finest Indigenous vocalists in the country, with each of the singers sharing their family histories connecting to the mission days.
Key audience and marketing notes
This performance is suited for a middle aged to senior audience, particularly those who have an interest in history or cultural heritage. And provides an opportunity for those interested in understanding or engaging with their local Indigenous community, through historical insights and cultural contexts. We average 40% of our audiences buying CDs after shows, this is quite high as the merch contains songbooks and resources that can be used by community choirs or local schools to incorporate more Indigenous content. This show is highly suitable for Indigenous community and elders.
Community Engagement activities
Mission Songs Workshop: Talking about the research component of the project, the historical and cultural contexts to songs and the missions era, teaching a few songs. Q&A is encouraged. Suitable for local choir leaders or school teachers.
What is this?
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|Theatre formats||Black box or hall, indoor setting is best|
|Bump in (hours)||2|
|Bump out (hours)||1|
General lighting rig set up for live music
4 x vox mics 2 x DI for acoustic guitar and ukelele
Just a flat clear stage please
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 6||Height: 3|
|Depth: 3||Wing space: NA|
2 x station wagons