Aspiring Aboriginal singers and musicians from the Wheatbelt used the power of song as a tool for healing. Through a three year CAN WA community arts workshop program delivered by award winning Noongar singer songwriter Gina Williams and musicians Guy Ghouse and David Hyams. The group developed new songs, honed their performance skills and co-created the music to accompany many pages of poetry.
What they have produced is a soulful collection of professionally recorded ballads that tell stories of love, loss, life and culture and country. Partnering with Central Institute of Technology many of the first time performers turned their heartfelt personal stories into music video clips showcasing their songs.
'This has been one of the most rewarding and emotional projects I've been involved in… Each week we come away feeling like we've learned so much more than we could ever offer', Gina Williams.
'A lot of things come to the surface and a lot of healing takes place', said Yolande Yarran. 'It's been wonderful working with Guy and Gina and having the chance to get these songs and stories out. Now we've started we don’t want to stop.'
The CD/DVD album ‘Shine: Healing songs from the heart and the land’ is available for sale from the 6th October 2014.
$20 each - Postage + handling (within Australia $3.50, International $7)
'Shine' by the Kellerberrin singers: Kimberley Carlson, Brenda McIntosh, Carol Yarran and Carrie Yarran.
Lyrics: Carol Yarran, Carrie Yarran, Judy Ugle, David Hyams and Gina Williams
Music: David Hyams and Gina Williams
Check out all media coverage of the Healing Songs project here
Images I 'Shine: Healing songs from the heart and the land' album sample pages featuring (clockwise from top left), Tom Hayden, Josephine Colbung, Yolande Yarran. I CAN WA Production, designed by Colin Sparks featuring photos by Richard Watson.
Shine is part of CAN WA’s Voices of the Wheatbelt project, which is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services. CAN WA receives funding from Indigenous Culture Support, Australia Council for the Arts, the Department for Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.