Paul Taylor, Australian Culture

Paul Taylor, Australian Culture

Paul “Walking Stick” Taylor is an Australian storyteller, didjeridoo player, singer, and cultural ambassador. He is a 2012 Finalist for Australian of the Year. Now based in Laramie, Wyoming, Paul Taylor has performed and taught for over 300,000 American children. He has been honored for his work with Arts in Education by being appointed Adjunct Professor in the University of Wyoming, College of Education. Paul’s family CD, “Cooee,” won six national awards including Parent’s Choice Gold and the Storytelling World Award.

Paul studied acting at the Royal Academy in London, touring for seven years before coming to the US over ten years ago. Paul began studying with the Aboriginal people of his homeland in the early 1980’s and returns each summer to study with his mentor Bill Harney, custodian of the Wardaman culture of the Northern Territory, including its 10,000 year old rock paintings. Paul presents a one hour multi-media performance of music, stories, and slides of these Aboriginal rock paintings in “Land of the Lightning Brothers.” Taylor’s family concert “Matilda and the Dreamtime” features music, poetry and stories offering a unique look at Australian culture.




  16 Santo Lane, c/o Loyd Artists, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912



Australian Culture with Paul Taylor (Multidiscipli...

Program description

Paul Taylor has performed and taught for over 300,000 American children.  His educational concerts present Australian culture in story and song for elementary, middle and high school. 

 Paul performs to all ages, Wonders Down Under, Australian Music & Stories, an interactive multifaceted performance adapted to any age level. Paul presents audiences with a unique look at the wonderful Aussie character through an exciting blending of, stories, songs, dance, painting, theatre and didgeridoo, drawing comparisons in American history and culture. Focusing on many of our cultural icons it honors both Aboriginal and European roots.

Paul is mentored by Aboriginal custodian Yidumduma Bill Harney and presents Bush University, featuring rock art with creation stories. Bush University is the Aboriginal term for the School of Nature, learning and paying attention to the plants, birds, animals, insects, the land, that are alive with story and song and constantly teaching us, reminding us of our primary role as humans, to be the custodians, to care for the natural world. Bush University is interactive and can be adapted to any audience.

WORKSHOPS/RESIDENCIES; Paul Taylor offers twelve workshops in Australian culture, music and stories and one week residencies for elementary, middle and high school.

Paul’s residencies with students are a blend of storytelling; theater; visual arts in the form of murals, traditional rock art, and craft such as didjeridoo painting; folk music of Australia including song, story songs and traditional instruments; folk dance; geography; history; and social studies.

The objectives achieved in Taylor’s presentations are:

– To introduce students to the European migration to Australia through storytelling theater.

– To present Australian culture as it was in the founding of the country and as it is today through interactive songs and stories.

– To draw parallels between US history and Australian history.

– To introduce students to the culture and traditional stories of both European and Aboriginal Australia.

– To introduce students to the Aboriginal music, instruments and art.

– To explain the physics found in the sounds of transitional instruments and in the  workings of the boomerang.

Paul presents traditional instruments and song from both the European and Aboriginal cultures.  The presentations include the context, language and story of several folk songs; traditional instruments such as the didjeridoo, boomerang, lagerphone and clap stick; the purpose of song and the songlines in the Aboriginal tradition.





Booking / scheduling contact

Susan Lounsbury, Loyd Artists

   518-647-5916 (SL)

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance, Multi-discipline, Music, Storytelling, Theater, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin:
Program type: Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Professional Development, Residency, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten
Subject: Literacy, Music, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Available year-round

Available times:


Length of program: 45-50 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

8’x10’ staging area; one vocal mic and one instrument mic; slide projector and screen necessary for “Bush University”


Your site – schools, libraries, theaters

Fees / Ticketing:

$650 per performance when in area; $600 per multiple performance, same day, same site Workshop (with performance): Call for details Community Programs: Call for details Call for one to five day residency fees


NC Standard Course of Study:

Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

NC Essential Standards:

1st – 2nd – Understand that history tells a story of how people and events changed society over time. 5th – Understand how increased diversity resulted from migration, settlement patterns and economic development in the United States. 6th – Understand geographic factors that influenced the emergence, expansion and decline of civilizations, societies and regions (i.e. Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas) over time./ Explain how the behaviors and practices of individuals and groups influenced societies, civilizations and regions.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes