Songs Of Roma House

Some of Brisbane’s most vulnerable community members are sharing their stories with the world, thanks to a special project involving a group of Australia’s top songwriters.

Local music industry greats Tylea Goold, Deb Suckling, Danny Widdicombe and Chris Dale are well known and loved in the Queensland music industry. Between the four of them, they have toured all over the world, recorded about a dozen albums and worked alongside members of some of Queensland’s most successful bands including The Go-Betweens and Powderfinger.

But for the past few months the Brisbane based songwriters have focused their energies on working with a group of artists who are rarely in the spotlight – residents from Mission Australia’s homeless service Roma House.

At the end of last year, the songwriters took part in a ten week program initiated by QMusic, working with Roma House residents to share their stories and build their capacity through music.

April 9th saw the songwriters and the budding artists celebrate the launch of Songs of Roma House, a compilation of songs written and performed by the residents with a little help from their new expert friends.

The Songs of Roma House compilation is now available for stream and free download here.

The Songs of Roma House project was funded by Brisbane City Council’s Housing Support Program – the first time such a project had been funded through this program.

Mission Australia’s Roma House service is funded by the Queensland Government, and provides holistic therapeutic support in a residential setting for people experiencing chronic homelessness, often related to mental health issues and/or substance misuse.