Sunderland’s Field Music provide score for fishing film The Drifters

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A WEARSIDE band is set to lead a series of performances to celebrate a pioneering filmmaker.

Field Music were commissioned to provide the score for silent film The Drifters, which follows the working day of a herring fishing fleet.

A scene from The Drifters.

A scene from The Drifters.

The project was first part of the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival in 2013 and was expected to be performed as a one-off, but is being championed again as it is played live in a cinema tour.

In addition to the shows, the band will release the instrumental tracks on silver-colour vinyl on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 18.

During the last decade, Field Music, led by brothers Peter and David Brewis, have released four albums, including the Mercury Prize-nominated Plumb, with both also releasing albums as part of solo projects.

David said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be given the opportunity to tour Drifters as writing and performing the original commission for Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival in 2013 was a true pleasure, culminating in a wonderful evening.

Field Music performing to The Drifters at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival.

Field Music performing to The Drifters at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival.

“We are delighted that we can do it all again at some truly lovely cinemas and art spaces around the country.”

Drifters was created by John Grierson, a pioneering Scottish filmmaker who coined the term ‘documentary’ and was premiered in 1929 alongside Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin.

The Drifters tour, which will reunite the original Field Music line-up featuring Andrew Moore, will begin at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, on Friday, April 24, at 8.10pm, and move on to Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow and Swansea.

The Brewis brothers also play in Ian Black’s band Slug, with his album Ripe to be launched at The Cluny, Newcastle, on Sunday, April 12.