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Mission Songs Project – The Palm Island Strike of 1957

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7 May 2017

Mission Songs Project, an initiative to research and revive contemporary Indigenous folk songs from the 20th century, presents a musical journey of missions, settlements and reserves across Australia.

Concluding on Palm Island, Jessie Lloyd and her band explores the stories and songs that both predate and supersede the historic events of the 1957 Palm Island strike. This concert is part of the Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival, and will feature Joe Geia, a pioneer in Australian Aboriginal music, son to Albie Geia (one of the participants in the Palm Island strike), and Jessie’s father.

Joe Geia connects the past, present and future, a living example of the intergenerational song traditions still practiced by Indigenous people and a senior songman whose hit song ‘Yil Lull’ is widely recognised as the Aboriginal national anthem.

Content: Wolfe Words