Award winning Noongar singer songwriter Gina Williams, with musicians Guy Ghouse and David Hyams, have been working with Noongar communities as part of CAN WA’s Voices of the Wheatbelt program.
Through 2012, Aboriginal Elders and young people came together to share stories about life, love and country. Through working with established musicians, the group developed new songs, honed their performance skills and co-created the music to accompany many pages of poetry.
'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.'
After a début performance in the Wheatbelt the group are preparing to record and release a CD later in 2013.
'Bush Again' by Christine Walsh - Healing Songs project from Community Arts Network WA on Vimeo.
Healing in the WA Wheatbelt, Koori Mail, 16 January 2013
Images I Guy Ghouse, Christine Walsh and Byron Pickett Snr recording their songs in Quairading, the Healing Songs team at The Prev in Kellerberrin. I Photos by Richard Watson.
Take a listen to an extract of 'Coming Home'
Words: Kimberley McIntosh, Brenda McIntosh, Leekesha Taylor, Brett Lambadgee and Gina Williams
Music: Guy Ghouse, Gina Williams
Performed by: Kimberly McIntosh
This recording is an example of just one of the 20+songs written as part of this project to date. Rough demos were recorded throughout the song writing process and leading up to performances. The next phase of this project is to record these songs to a broadcast standard and release a much anticipated CD later this year.