Saturday, July 5, 2014

Report from Glastonbury: Louise Brooks and the Dodge Brothers

On Saturday, June 28, the Dodge Brothers became the first band to accompany a silent film at the Glastonbury Festival. The film they accompanied was Beggars of Life (1928), starring Louise Brooks.

The Dodge Brothers are Mike Hammond (lead guitar, lead vocals, banjo), Mark Kermode (bass, harmonica, vocals), Aly Hirji (rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals), and Alex Hammond (washboard, snare drum, percussion). Joining the band at Glastonbury and elsewhere when they accompany silent films is composer and silent film accompanist Neil Brand, a regular at London's National Film Theatre.

Band member Mark Kermode has written about the experience for the Guardian newspaper. He reported, "the audience are terrifically responsive." You can read his entire write-up at "Diary of a Dodge Brother skiffling at Glastonbury." Kermode also posted a video blog which can be viewed below.

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