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If you still haven’t got the memo, folk music has changed. It’s difficult to put a baccy stained finger on when exactly it moved forward in such leaps and bounds, but Sage Gateshead’s Folkworks event on Sunday 23rd October is set to reach new heights as it combines the strongest traditions of the genre with modern media and big name lyrical and musical collaborators.
Lau accordionist Martin Green‘s Flit project brings together Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison and North East stalwart Becky Unthank for a musical multimedia experience with animation provided by BAFTA-award winning artists whiterobot.
With Syria’s refugee crisis still casting its tragic shadow over the continent, it’s apt that much of Flit’s focus is on the stories of human migration; the highs, the lows and everything in-between. With lyrics contributed by such luminaries as Karine Polwart, Anaïs Mitchell, Sandy Wright and Aidan Moffat, it’s hard to imagine a more vital and thought-provoking project.
Seeking to juxtapose fragility with strength, dark with light and the mundane with the magical, Flit is likely challenge your senses and provoke your thoughts and emotions.