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.

North Shields + South Shields, Tyne & Wear

Taking a fresh perspective on archive films of North Shields and South Shields will be two young emerging singer/songwriters, alongside an exhibition of artefacts presented in The Customs House by Old Low Light heritage centre of North Shields as part of their Summer exhibition It started with a fish…and ended with a pla(i)ce.

21-year-old Aaron Duff has deep maritime connections in North Shields through his seafaring grandfather whom he honours by performing under the name of the last ship under his command – Hector Gannet. In an exciting new commission from the collections of the North East Film Archive and Amber Films, Hector Gannet will perform his new live soundtrack commemorating those lost at sea and raising awareness of the rich industrial heritage that the North East offers up.

At 17 years old, Eve Simpson has already released a debut EP and is an experienced live performer based in South Shields with an effortlessly pure voice that unleashes the passion she pours into writing songs articulating the social injustices being faced by her generation. Eve’s eloquence and mesmerising stage presence will be accompanying films from the North East Film Archive around the role of women in the South Shields and Tyneside port industries.

Sunday 24 September, 6pm