Field Music Perform Score for Grierson's Drifters

In 2013, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival commissioned 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 to huge acclaim. The Festival organisers are delighted to announce that audiences across the UK will now have the opportunity to experience Drifters with live accompaniment by Field Music in a short tour starting in Newcastle on 24 April and moving on to Glasgow, Swansea, Belfast and Dublin.

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. Itoriginally premiered in 1929 alongside Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin.

David Brewis of Field Music comments: "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.”

Drifters will be screened with Grieson’s Granton Trawler (1934), which takes an 11 minute look at the work of a trawler on the Viking Bank in the North Sea, following the 'Isabella Grieg' from her base in Granton Harbour, in Edinburgh, right up the east coast of Scotland to the fishing grounds between Shetland and Norway.

When: Friday 24 April, 8:10pm – 10.00pm (est.)

Where: Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG

Tickets are available from Tyneside Cinema Box Office either in person or by phone on 0845 217 9909, or online

For more details of the tour click here. This tour is supported by PRS for Music Foundation and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

(Photography: Will Sadler)


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