Emma Donovan

Follow the Sun

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Witness the very special live premiere of Emma Donovan’s acclaimed ABC Kids album Follow the Sun – featuring original and classic children’s tunes sung in Noongar and Gumbaynggirr languages.

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and proud Gumbaynggirr woman Emma Donovan is no stranger to Australian audiences, having performed with a veritable who’s who of some of Australia’s most revered artists, including Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, Paul Kelly, Christine Anu and Yothu Yindi.

In an exclusive MIJF premiere, Donovan presents her very special recent album Follow the Sun — a celebration of her country, kids, language and community.

Commissioned by ABC Kids and released in 2022, Follow the Sun features original songs penned by Donovan, alongside much-loved classic children’s tunes such as ‘I Can Sing a Rainbow’ and ‘Once I Caught a Fish Alive’ sung in Noongar and Gumbaynggirr languages. Children are encouraged to sing along and discover new dances and rhythms as they follow the sun with Emma Donovan.

Interwoven with stories from Emma’s childhood, growing up in Nambucca NSW, and backed by an all-star band of Melbourne jazz legends including Eugene Ball (trumpet) and Andrea Keller (piano) alongside Fred Leone (kulurru/bargan/djadju) and more, this will be a joyous Australian premiere and Festival highlight for both parents and children alike.

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