Musicians to perform live score to historic fishing film screening at the Customs House

A still from Drifters. Credit: BFI National Archive
A still from Drifters. Credit: BFI National Archive
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Renowned beatboxer Jason Singh will perform a live soundtrack to a moving silent documentary which chronicles Britain’s fishing heritage.

John Grierson’s seminal 1929 film, Drifters, will be screened at The Customs House at 6pm on Sunday as part of a nationwide tour, which re-traces the historic herring route down Britain’s East Coast.

A still from Drifters. Credit: BFI National Archive

A still from Drifters. Credit: BFI National Archive

Jason is one of the UK’s top composers and sound artists who performs a semi-improvised score for Grierson’s portrayal of the dramatic daily routines of North Sea herring trawlermen using a combination of live vocal sound effects, voice manipulation, beatboxing and live sampling techniques.

Screening alongside Drifters at the South Shields event will be archive short films from the area, including Tyneside Story (1944) and Howway the Lasses (1977), a short animation about women’s liberation made by Paddington Bear animator Sheila Graber.

Accompanying the films will be live music from two emerging singer songwriters, including Eve Simpson, 17, who has supported the likes of Beth Nielsen Chapman and UB40, as well as winning our South Tyneside’s Young Performer of the Year award in 2015.

North Shields musician Aaron Duff, whose family have been in the fishing and associated industries in the area for generations, will also perform.

Jason Singh

Jason Singh

Jason Singh said: “For me it’s vital that each performance celebrates our communities and also raises the awareness of the issues facing communities worldwide and the impact technology is having on the environment and nature.”

•Tickets are £8 from Tel. 0191 454 1234.