Three Songwomen uncover precious Indigenous culture at Hawthorn Arts Centre

The Three Songwomen are some of Australia’s finest Indigenous performers, dedicating their careers to representing their people and culture. On Thursday 14 September, Jessie Lloyd, Emma Donovan and Deline Briscoe will take to the stage at Hawthorn Arts Centre for a wonderful evening of music, exploring the cultural heritage of their ancestry.

hThis unique performance will provide a personal insight into our Indigenous singers and their song, voicing people’s past, present and future.

Originally from the tropics of North Queensland, Jessie Lloyd is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician who performs a broad collection of Australian Indigenous songs. A vocalist, guitarist, bassist and ukulele player, Jessie earned her formal qualifications at Abmusic in Perth.

An award-winning composer, performer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie is a dedicated to the continuation of cultural traditions through the presentation of both contemporary and traditional Indigenous music, uncovering precious stories and songs from the mission days.

Jessie will be joined by Emma Donovan, an Indigenous Australian singer, songwriter and member of the renowned Australian musical family the Donovan family. She started her singing career at age seven with her uncle’s band, The Donovans. In 2000, she became a founding member of Stiff Gins, leaving the band three years later to release the solo album Changes. Emma is a passionate singer, songwriter and collaborative vocal artist whose musical expression is a fusion of roots, reggae and soul. Emma continues to join ensemble bands such as Mission Songs Project and Melbourne based band The Putbacks.

The third songwoman, Deline Briscoe, is a Yalanji woman hailing from Far North Queensland. Her songs are a delightful mix of roots, soul, gospel and tasty rhythmic grooves that tell stories, empower and inspire. Her former outfit The Briscoe Sisters performed across Australia, including at WOMAD and Big Day Out and released their debut EP Check It Out. Deline has worked with prolific aboriginal artists such as Bart Willoughby, Archie Roach, Lou Bennett, selling out shows Australia-wide and internationally.

Through an unforgettable night of music at the historic Hawthorn Arts Centre Three Songwomen will examine how three communities produced three pioneering song-smiths and the intergenerational journeys that shaped them. As songwomen, they become the musical vessels that continue songlines and song traditions into the 21st century.

Hawthorn Arts Centre presents an exciting and varied arts program and is home to performance, exhibition, workshop and events spaces. Visitors can enjoy refreshments at the Events Bar or explore Hawthorn and discover the area’s culinary delights.

Three Songwomen

Thursday 14 September, 8pm – 9.15pm

Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
$35 Tickets / $30 Concession https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/events/three-songwomen