Gathering in person was challenging in 2020, so the CAN team took Lullabies online, bringing the Noongar community together virtually.
For the first time Lullabies participants joined Noongar language facilitator Charmaine Councillor and musician Phil Bartlett from their own homes in weekly online workshops to learn the basics of Noongar language and song writing. Then they wrote and recorded their vocals using their own phones and special recording software.
This unique incarnation of Lullabies resulted in the creation of Ngaalang Moort: Noongar Lullabies from Home, a collection of moving songs that celebrate moort (family), koort (heart), and woonya (love).
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“For a Noongar person; creating songs in language is so special as it is healing for the hearts and minds of my people.”
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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.
Language Facilitator and Musician
Charmaine Councillor is a talented Noongar language facilitator from Bunbury. She is a brilliant musician and is the singer and guitarist of her band WARANGKA.
Charmaine is also an author and artist of five children’s books in both Noongar and English and was a consultant and writer for children’s NITV program Waabiny Time.
Her aspirations are to encourage her community to embrace and continue to revive and maintain Noongar Language for future generations.
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