Internationally renowned beatboxer and sound artist Jason Singh arrives in South Shields to perform his beautifully atmospheric live vocal score to John Grierson’s groundbreaking 1929 silent herring fishing film DRIFTERS as part of a major UK tour to fishing ports on the UK’s East coast.
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.
At the heart of North Shields Fish Quay, Old Low Light is a museum, gallery and café offering a busy programme of workshops, exhibitions and events exploring the life of the folks of North Shields through the experiences of real people and the objects.
The Customs House offers arts and entertainment for all, serving the residents of South Tyneside and beyond with a varied programme of live performance, cinema, visual arts and projects for children and young people.