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Silent Film & Live Music - The Pitch O'Chance (1915) - The Pilgrim (1916)

Show Details

Presented by Kate Lissauer Sonic Silents Trio

Performance date and time
Sunday, 9th February 2020
7:30 PM

A trio of masters of American old-time country string music and bluegrass provide live musical accompaniment to the early 1920s and 30s Hollywood silent Wild West short films of pioneering, Oscar-winning director Frank Borzage.

Led by champion Maryland fiddler Kate Lissauer (Buffalo Gals), her earthy vocals shine against the top-notch, committed playing of five-string banjo master John Whelan, and of Jason Titley, arguably the UK's finest bluegrass guitarist. An absorbing and poignant glimpse of a bygone time, the evocative music brings the films fully to life.

Kate Lissauer: fiddle, vocals, banjo John Whelan: banjo Jason Titley: guitar

This wonderfully warm homage to the black and white Oscar-winning Hollywood Western movies of pioneering director Frank Borzage features live performance of old-time scores to silent films by a trio of masters of American country music.

Frank Borzage was a true Hollywood maverick. Rejecting conventions, he offered an insight into the lives of early settlers in such a way that gives modern audiences a refreshing new-look at a long-established film tradition. Two of Borzage's earliest short films are screened here with live musical accompaniment from leading lights of old-time American country music Kate Lissauer, John Whelan and Jason Titley.

Together they perform a new live score of original compositions and arrangements of traditional material to 'The Pitch O'Chance' (1915) and 'The Pilgrim' (1916). These films offer an absorbing and poignant glimpse of a bygone time, and of the creative forces that shaped the film making industry.

'Great old-time music! A force to be reckoned with.' Maverick Magazine

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Running time
90 min + interval

Audience Type
Adults/Older Children

Age Range

Ticket Prices
£10.50 Standard / £32.00 Group of 4 / £7.00 (Under 16)

Other Ticket Information
No bar. Bring your own drink and nibbles.

Main Box Office Telephone Number

Available From
Call 01476 585 739 or from Trevor Hammond, 49 High Street, Ropsley.

Additional Information
Bring your drinks and nibbles. Cabaret seating with tables.

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This performance is supported by:

Arts Council, England