Mission Songs Project

Front Garden, Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle WA

Jessie Lloyd joins some of Australia’s best-loved singers― Deline Briscoe, Emma Donovan and Jessica Hitchcock―to invite you to discover Australian Indigenous songs that reflect life on the missions. Mission Songs is a rare narrative, connecting the traditional with the contemporary, and will be brought to life in an entertaining and enlightening musical experience.

Lloyd has spent the past decade uncovering songs from 20th Century Aboriginal missions and settlements and in the process she’s laid out a slice of Australia barely known outside the troubled geography of those places. The missions, products of church and state, were sites of both misery and joy, and each is expressed in this music.