Mercury Prize-Nominees Field Music on tour with series of Special Screenings of Drifters


Silent 1929 Grierson Classic Documentary With Specially Commissioned Score
24 April – 27 June 2015

In 2013, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival commissioned one of the most critically acclaimed bands to emerge from the North East of England, and Mercury Prize nominated, Field Music, to compose a new cinematic score to accompany a seminal silent documentary, Drifters, by John Grierson.

The commission was performed live as a one-off event at the Festival by Field Music, Sunderland brothers Peter and David Brewis and their band, to huge acclaim.

We are delighted to announce that this year, audiences across the UK will have the opportunity to experience Drifters as it’s touring, with live accompaniment by Field Music, to cinemas in Newcastle, Glasgow, Swansea, Belfast and Dublin from 24 April – 27 June.

On top of this, having spent autumn of last year revisiting the score in their Wearside studio, Field Music will release Music for Drifters as part of this year’s Record Store Day. Pressed on silver colour LP, Music for Drifters is the first completely instrumental recording made by Field Music, and will be available exclusively via local record stores on 18th April.

With this composition, Field Music have created something truly unique and beautifully befitting of this critically acclaimed documentary.

Drifters was created by John Grierson – a pioneering Scottish filmmaker known for coining the term ‘documentary.’ The film follows the working day of a herring fishing fleet as they set sail from the Shetland Islands to battle the elements of the North Sea fishing grounds.

Over the last ten years, Field Music have released four full-length albums and toured around the world. This tour reunites the original line-up of Peter, David and Andrew Moore.

David Brewis says: "It's incredibly exciting to be given the opportunity to tour Drifters as writing and performing the original commission for Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in 2013 was a true pleasure, culminating in a wonderful evening. We are delighted that we can do it all again at some truly lovely cinemas and art spaces around the country, and very thankful to the Festival and PRS for Music for making it all possible!”

Drifters – originally premiered in 1929 alongside Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin.

The tour opens at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle and tours to four more venues throughout spring.

Supported by PRS for Music Foundation and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

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