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Mission Songs Project

With special guests Inka Marka

"…profoundly moving…the entire collection is sublime" Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Australian

Presented by Jessie Lloyd, Mission Songs Project is performed as a quartet with a range of Indigenous performers from around Australia. 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 family songs that were sung around the kitchen table, Jessie Lloyd explores the day to day life on the missions, settlements and reserves through music. From cultural identity to love and loss, these rare songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now 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 contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st Century.

Brand New Collaboration

Mission Songs Project in collaboration with Andean folk band Inka Marka will present a unique performance featuring the language of Gunggangi woman Elverina Johnson of Yarrabah and Elena Gonzalez of Argentina.

Elverina Johnson a highly respected  Gurugulu and Indinji Gimuy woman from Yarrabah in far north Queensland and one of Australia’s most highly respected Indigenous artists.

Elena Gonzalez is a talented tango singer, dancer, teacher and performer who has performed in Australia, South America, Europe and Asia with diverse artists, including Andreas Tordai, Fabian Neprias, Naoko Aoki and the Berlin Tango Community Orchestra.

Under the musical direction of Jessie Lloyd, the artists share connections of Indigenous peoples of Australia and South America through the popular folk piece Misa Criolla.

Musically exploring the introduction of Christianity and performing moments of cultural resilience, spiritual adaptations and creative expression.

About Inka Marka

Inka Marka are one of Australia’s best known and respected World Music Folk groups performing regularly around Australia, the Pacific and Asia.

With performances at WOMAD Singapore, the world renowned Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, Taiwan Pintong Festival, Thailand International Music festival and performances throughout New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, & China, Inka Marka deliver an amazing cultural experience. Inka Marka will join forces with the Mission Songs Project to present sections of the Misa Criolla.

Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and Jessie Lloyd Music

This show is handpicked to be in the FAC 2019 Season.

 Thanks to our 2019 partners



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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

"Lloyd’s project preserves a history…"

Chris Lambie, The Age & Sydney Morning Herald 

“The 20th Century songs composed and sung on Aboriginal missions and settlements are records of our history and 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." Professor Marcia Langton, AM, Mission Songs Project advisor and contributor

“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.”

Archie Roach, AM, Mission Songs Project advisor and contributor

Two course set pre show dining packages are available throughout the year on selected shows.

Dinner package includes a set main and dessert meal at $48.00 per person

Menu provided closer to the event

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