MISSION SONGS PROJECT
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About

Jessie Lloyd’s profoundly moving Mission Songs Project reveals the daily life of Aboriginal people on the missions, settlements and native reserves during the colonisation of Australia. A musical time travel of original compositions from the residents over the generations.

Mission Songs Project explores the human reality of the ‘missions era’, where Aboriginal people were removed from their homelands and moved onto missions. In a time of great distress, these truthful songs are surprisingly filled with optimism and hope, revealing a forgotten story on an unexplored corner of Australian history.

The Performance

Presented as an acoustic trio or quartet, Jessie Lloyd takes audiences on a musical journey across Australia. She engages through intimate storytelling, moving harmonies and historical insights. Using humour and truth to share the voices of elders as they would around a warm campfire or kitchen table.

The performance line-up features a rotation of some of Australia’s finest Indigenous vocalists. All of whom contribute their own personal family connections and histories in the songs, presenting an authentic narrative of Aboriginal Australia. 

The Reviews

“…profoundly moving… the entire collection is sublime.”—4.5 stars, Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Australian (read the full review)

“Islander rhythms, campfire country and defiant humour celebrate simple joys. Melancholy ballads chart a journey of blood, sweat and tears… you’ll almost hear the kettle boil as a closing home recording of the elders invites us to sit down with these unsung survivors.”—4.5 stars, Chris Lambie, Fairfax (read the full review)

“Stand-out artists of the Festival included National Folk Fellow Jessie Lloyd for her Mission Songs Project... All Jessie’s shows were packed out.” Rhythms magazine - April 2017
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“The Mission Songs Project brings new life to the voices of the stolen generation and indigenous Australians who were splintered from their cultures when they were made to sing in a foreign language. Today, traditional languages are so far removed from their vernacular that singing in English has become the mainstay, the local languages have become the foreign tongue. Yet everything has its resurgence if you can claim it before it achieves vanishing point. 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.” Timber & Steel
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Jessie Lloyd

An award winning composer, performer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie Lloyd is a cultural practitioner of Indigenous music and song. Dedicated to the continuation of story and song through the performance of Indigenous music, Jessie has travelled Australia in search of hidden songs to present this rare and unique Indigenous narrative.

‘Jessie describes herself as a hunter and gatherer of songs. She believes the
mission songs are evidence of continuing tradition - passed down from generation
to generation; a new genre of music created in places where people were banned
from using their language, and not allowed to practice traditional culture.’ - Margy Burn, National Library of Australia

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CONTACTS

Representative | Jessie Lloyd | Victoria | jessie@jessielloyd.com

MUSIC

APPROVED VIDEOS

MIDDLE CAMP - MISSION SONGS PROJECT (LIVE @ NFF2019)

NITV - Songstress Jessie Lloyd takes music on a mission

Performance line-ups

Performed as an acoustic quartet featuring a range of Indigneous vocalists from across Australia.

 

Band optional:

Double Bass

Pedal Steel Guitar

Piano Accordion