Music Play – Emma Donovan

Emma Donovan

Suitable for all ages


A celebration of Country, kids, language and community.

Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Emma Donovan concert at 2.30pm has been cancelled. Ticket holders may exchange into the 10.30am concert or have their ticket refunded.

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 has been touring the country for over 20 years, performing soulful songs and sharing powerful stories with audiences around the globe.

On her mother’s side, Emma is part of the famed Donovan family of singers of the Gumbaynggirr people, of what is now known as Northern New South Wales. On her father’s side, Emma is of the Yamatji people, of what is now known as Western Australia.

About the performance

Her performance in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall as part of Music Play 2023 presents her very special 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 on trumpet, Andrea Keller on piano, Fred Leone on kulurru/bargan/djadju and more, this will be a joyous experience both parents and children alike.

Free Foyer Fun at Music Play!

Be captivated by the magical world of musical flora at The Plants, pop on some headphones and dance along as DJ Guru Dudu leads a roaming Silent Disco through the foyer, and channel your inner maestro as you conduct a chamber ensemble of four musicians. You can also get your face painted with your favourite design and have your photo taken at our Music Play photo booth! Hosted by the brilliant Madame Lark and Bevil Long.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre.

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