"Experience classic silent films with world class live music accompaniment in the Royal Albert Hall’s intimate Elgar Room. The Elgar Room’s silent films live music series continues with a special screening of the Louise Brooks classic Beggars of Life with live music accompaniment from The Dodge Brothers. The Dodge Brothers are an Americana-drenched quartet comprising:
Aly ‘‘Dodge’ Hirji (acoustic guitar, mandolin)
Mike ‘Dodge’ Hammond (lead guitar, lead vocals, banjo, dobro)
Mark ‘Dodge’ Kermode (double bass, harmonica, ukulele, accordion, vocals)
Alex ‘Dodge’ Hammond (washboard, snare drum, percussion)
and featuring special guest Neil Brand (piano).
"Their motto, ‘death and trains a speciality’, has never been more appropriate than to William Wellman’s legendary 1928 film Beggars of Life, a tale of depression-era, rail-riding hobos played by the iconic Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen and the great Wallace Beery." Bryony Dixon, curator of silent film at the British Film Institute, said "Never has a film and a band been more perfectly matched than Beggars of Life and the Dodge Brothers – deep dish Americana, rail-riding hoboes and Louise Brooks – they were made for each other."