Mission Songs

Mission Songs

Mission Songs is a collection of Australian Indigenous folk songs performed from 1900 to 1999 on Christian missions, reserves and the fringes of towns where Aboriginal people were relocated. Jessie Lloyd has travelled far and wide across Australia collecting songs, largely hidden from the outside world, of rare and almost-forgotten stories, shedding light onto the history and experiences of Aboriginal people, their families and communities.

Although many of the songs detail painful experiences, Lloyd describes the music of Mission Songs as healing, loving and happy.

Jessie Lloyd, originally from the tropics of north Queensland and now based in Melbourne, is joined on stage by some of Australia’s best-loved singers, Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe and Jessica Hitchcock.

Fremantle Arts Centre, Finnerty Street, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia