Castlemaine State Festival presents

One Sky Many Stories

This special instalment of One Sky Many Stories, brings together some of Australia’s leading First Nation musicians, who have taken parliamentary voices and reworked them into song and storytelling from the perspective of their own life stories.

This iteration will feature a diverse range of First Nation perspectives under the Australian sky first heard in Songs from a Stolen Senate, as well as a new community project from the Castlemaine students developed through a series of workshops with Griffyn Ensemble director Michael Sollis.

Experience music, film and stories by unique First Australians from a diversity of genre and backgrounds, including Aranda country music icon Warren Williams; inspirational Noongar singer-songwriters Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, Norah Bagiri from Mua Island in the Torres Straits; Christopher Sainsbury from the Dharug nation and Yuin composer Brenda Gifford.

This landmark collaboration weaves together their unique individual reflections of our political landscape through music they have written for the acclaimed Griffyn Ensemble.  From stolen generations to climate politics, One Sky Many Stories offers different perspectives of our national past and the Australian parliament.

One Sky Many Stories is an ongoing project that was developed in Tennant Creek in 2018. With an eclectic lineup of fiddle, double bass, violin, flute and voice, The Griffyn Ensemble seamlessly cross pollenate between genres of music and other artforms to create a unique experience of live performance, inspiring audiences and communities to question the world around us.  The Griffyn Ensemble is made up of five of Australia’s innovative leaders in chamber, folk, opera, new music, and composition.

Appropriate for all ages and curious minds.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body