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Women of Song

Fri 30 Aug

Presented by Laycock Street Community Theatre, in association with Musica Viva Australia

Women of Song is an innovative new show, developed by the acclaimed Jessie Lloyd (of Mission Songs Project) including themes of intergenerational practices, singing on and from country, commitment to community, and preserving knowledge in song. It’s an intimate celebration of the ‘here and now’ of Indigenous culture, a rare mix of spontaneous conversation and songs, exploring the modern-day practice and living heart of the ‘world’s oldest living culture’.

The audience listens in as three First Nations singers have a conversation – Jessie Lloyd, Dr Shellie Morris and Dyagula. Someone’s story may remind someone else of a song, or a favourite popular song might start a discussion among them all. Each conversation and each performance will be unique, as the women explore live on stage how their songs preserve the social, cultural, or environmental shifts of a community, and deepen connections to country, genealogy, and custom.

Jessie Lloyd (Creative Producer)

A composer, performer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie Lloyd is a songkeeper of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and is dedicated to the continuation of song traditions through the presentation of stories and songs. 

Dr Shellie Morris

Dr Shellie Morris is a singer-songwriter. Raised in Sydney by her adopted non-Indigenous family Ms Morris began singing at an early age performing in church choirs. In the 1990s, she moved to Darwin to find her Indigenous Yanyuwa, Gudanji, Marra and Garrwa families and Elders. 


Dyagula (which means ‘lyrebird’ in Wiradjuri) is a Wiradjuri Ngunawal Song Woman born in Yass, NSW, and an established multi-genre vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer and vocal producer and vocal arranger. 

Event Details

Laycock Street Community Theatre
Start Date: Fri 30 August , 2024
Time: 7.30pm
Adult $30 | Concession/Student $25

We acknowledge we live, work and play on Darkinjung Country. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging and recognise their continued connection to these lands and waterways. We acknowledge our shared responsibility to care for and protect our place and people