Northam Lullabies Participants
Kwobidak Balladong Boodja is a compilation of original lullabies that capture the koort, moort and kalyakool (heart, family and legacy) of Noongar families in Northam.
In 2022, Noongar community members came together at Northam cultural centre, Bilya Koort Boodja to learn and share Noongar language, along with songwriting techniques, with talented language facilitators and musicians, Cyndy Moody and Phil Bartlett.
Once everyone had crafted their songs, participants recorded their lullabies in a pop-up studio at Northam Primary School, with additional musical production by the Lullabies team- Cyndy, Phil and sound engineer and musician Sean Lillico.
Lullabies is produced by CAN in collaboration with Noongar families and is supported through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts program and the Australia Council for the Arts.
Thank you to the many local supporters who made this project possible including: Avonvale Primary School and KindiLink, Bilya Koort Boodja, Northam PCYC, Northam Primary School, Northam Senior High School, Shire of Northam, Wanslea- Keedac, West Northam Primary School, Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service, Wheatbelt Mental Health Service.
CAN is delighted to be launching these lullabies in a free concert on Saturday 17 September at the Performing Arts Centre at Northam Senior High School.
Come along to celebrate the beautiful music, language, culture flowing out of Northam. Everyone is welcome
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Elly is an experienced Project Manager with a passion for creating spaces for connections to grow and for people to be heard. She joined the CAN team in March 2020 as Lullabies Project Coordinator and in 2021 moved into a Program Manager role, overseeing both CAN’s Lullabies and Place Names projects.
Since 2012, Elly has worked in a variety of project coordination and facilitation roles in the arts and community sectors including supporting young people to develop social action projects to advocate for their rights and create positive systemic change.
In 2020, Elly coordinated CAN’s Noongar Lullabies from Home project, bringing Noongar artists and families together online to learn and celebrate Noongar language through the creation and recording of lullabies.
Cyndy Moody is a powerful singer and songwriter sharing straight from the heart. Since joining Lullabies in 2020, Cyndy has performed her songs across Perth and in 2021, Ngany Koorlangka (My Kid), the lullaby Cyndy and Phil created together during Lullabies, was awarded WAM’s song of the year. Ngany Koorlangka is a personal and powerful song about Cyndy's own experience and Phil was so inspired by the lyrics, he wrote the music almost simultaneously.
Composer and Musician
Phil is an award winning singer songwriter. Known for his amazing musicianship, huge vocals and heart-felt, straight-from-the soul, performance style, Phil’s versatility has earned him a reputation across Australia as an all-round entertainer.
Phil started working on the CAN’s Lullabies program in 2019 and has brought with him incredible musicianship and mentoring skills