Following The Fleet: Drifters

We had an unforgettable weekend with FOLLOWING THE FLEET: DRIFTERS.


Jason Singh arrived on Friday and straight into a workshop at Kirkwall Grammar School. Music students explored the human voice and mechanical world and were introduced to beatboxing, sampling and loop pedals. But other things were more simple, like breathing methods and what makes up the basics of beatboxing – the letters B (bass),  T (hi-hat) and K (snare). Pronounce them like you did when you were first learning to speak and you’ll get the idea! A truly enlightening and inspiring 2 hours.

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The Saturday night screening was simply amazing. 152 people turned up, with the balcony really busy too. John Grierson’s film is stunning in it’s own right, but Jason Singh’s vocal soundtrack simply brought it to a whole other level. Jason and tour producer Shona Thomson then answered questions from the audience.

The second half performance by James Watson with stories from Tom Muir complemented the night just perfectly, with a guest appearance from the tin fiddle and an amazing duet from James and Jason rounding off the night in style.

It’s no surprise that the night scored a whopping 4.9 out of 5 on our ping-pongometer, putting it joint top of all time films.

Many thanks to tour producer Shona Thomson, Jason, James, Tom, Janette Park at Stromness MuseumOrkney Library & Archive, and Orkney International Science Festival.

You can follow the tour here:

and James Watson here:


James Watson & the tin fiddle (James Foubister on screen)