Following the Fleet: DRIFTERS

Internationally renowned beatboxer and sound artist Jason Singh returns with a major UK tour of his astonishing live vocal score to John Grierson’s groundbreaking 1929 silent documentary Drifters in August/September 2017.

Touring to six former major fishing ports on the UK’s East coast from Scotland to Norfolk, Following the Fleet: DRIFTERS presents Jason’s atmospheric score alongside new artistic interpretations of Britain’s fishing heritage and future, performed live by a diverse range of artists from poets to DJs across the country.

Following the Fleet: DRIFTERS is presented by curator/producer Shona Thomson of A Kind of Seeing. The tour is supported through public funding by Arts Council England.  The tour also forms part of BFI Britain on Film, a major project opening up unprecedented online access to our screen heritage.  Britain on Film is supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery: http://www.bfi.org.uk/britain-on-film.

Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Complementing Jason’s atmospheric performance will be a rare big screen presentation of archive films charting the coastal erosion affecting Suffolk with a new live commissioned soundtrack by innovative East Anglian folk ensemble Dead Rat Orchestra.  As “adventurers adrift in a sea of sound and possibility”, DRO bring their own innovative blend of folk and improvisation to create a new live soundtrack to archive films focusing on  area around Aldeburgh. Don’t be misled by the name: Dead Rat Orchestra bring the films of Aldeburgh, Dunwich and Thorpeness from the East Anglian Film Archive alive.

This special event in the beautiful 98-year-old Aldeburgh Cinema is part of Jason’s tour to fishing ports from Scotland to Norfolk re-tracing the historic journey of boats, men and women pursuing the abundant herring shoals.

Thursday 28 September, 7.30pm