• Mission Songs Project

  • Date:

    Saturday 11th August
  • PRICE:

    $44.00 - $49.00


    Approx. 65 mins

    Entertainment Centre
    Box Office: 1300 788 503
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  • Category: Music
Mission Songs Project Poster

Produced by Jessie Lloyd. Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia

Mission Songs Project

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre 2018 Season

Exploring the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music.

Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st Century.

Mission Songs Project performance is inspired by Indigenous singing and song traditions. The vocal quartet is made up of some of Australia’s finest Indigenous vocalists, presenting a rarely public performance styles and narratives found in Indigenous communities, such as family gatherings, social events and yarns over a cuppa. Story-telling is a major component of the performance as it gives historical context and moving personal experiences into the tunes sung from the mission days, making the show warm, humorous and heartfelt.

Banned from practicing their own cultural traditions, it also provides an insight into the way Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people adapted modern western music traditions and instruments for their own continued use to connect, tell and share their stories.

“Stand-out artists of the Festival included National Folk Fellow Jessie Lloyd for her Mission Songs Project who, with a line-up of top Indigenous artists, presented a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were performed on missions and settlements. All Jessie’s shows were packed out.” National Folk Festival, April 2017, Rhythms Magazine

”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.” Blue Mountains Music Festival, March 2017, Elizabeth Walton, Timber and Steel.

To view a video of this show click here.


Member/Group 8+/U30: $44
Adult: $49
Conc: $46.50


Counter Sales: no transaction fee
Online Bookings: $1 per transaction
Telephone Bookings: $5.50 per transaction
Postage (if required): $4.50 per order


Pre-show pizza and drink package available.

Pizza Package with standard drink, pre-purchased
Member $17 / Regular $18

Pizza Package with standard drink, on the night
Member $18 / Regular $19

Pizza only, on the night
Member $14 / Regular $15

Available from 6pm – last orders at 7.15pm

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For further information please contact the Box Office on 1300 788 503.

RUNNING TIME (subject to change)

Approximately 65 mins (no interval)


All ages. For history, story and song lovers.


Indigenous Songs and Stories
This workshop is a cultural awareness and engagement session where Jessie Lloyd explores the continued cultural practices from the traditional into the modern. Using Indigenous songs from the mission days as the conduit and continuation of our songlines tradition, Jessie promotes as an existing and functioning cultural practice in modern Aboriginality. The session provides a unique opportunity to share rare stories and songs from various Aboriginal missions and settlements from around Australia.
Date: Friday 10 August
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Capacity: TBC
Price: TBC
Bookings: 1300 788 503 

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