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Musicians from Lau, Portishead, Mogwai and The Unthanks to premiere new multimedia show

Posted on 4 May 2016

FLIT

Martin Green (Lau), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Dominic Aitchison (Mogwai), Becky Unthank (The Unthanks) Adam Holmes and whiterobot.

  • Musicians from Lau, Portishead, Mogwai and The Unthanks to premiere a multimedia show at Edinburgh International Festival before embarking on an
    eight-date UK tour.
  • Includes stop-motion animation from Edinburgh-based, BAFTA winning writer/director duo whiterobot.
  • Features original music by Martin Green and lyrics from Karine Polwart, Anaïs Mitchell, Sandy Wright and Aidan Moffat.

Featuring some of today’s most influential musicians, this intimate, visually rich production explores themes of migration through darkly atmospheric songs and breath-taking stop-motion animation.


Martin Green – Flit – A very brief introduction to Flit from Martin Green on Vimeo.

Award-winning composer and Lau’s visionary accordionist Martin Green brings together Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Mogwai’s Dominic Aitchison and Becky Unthank from The Unthanks, with BAFTA-winning animators whiterobot (Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson) for this extraordinary live show.

“I started collecting stories of migration from my Grandmother and that gave me a desire to explore the phenomenon of movement around the globe,” said Martin Green about Flit. “I also wanted to create a large scale show, something with more dimensions than a gig and more alive than a film, with a dream team of collaborators. Flit has become a world for us now, surrounded by huge handmade animations that seem like friends and a meeting of musicians and
artists which seems both new and immediately natural.”

Flit is inspired by first-hand stories of human migration, some heart-warming, others heartbreaking and features songs and original music by Green with lyrics from Karine Polwart, Anaïs Mitchell, Sandy Wright and Aidan Moffat.

Set within a captivating animated world and a haunting sonic landscape, these exquisite songs are performed by a world class band fronted by the inimitable voices of Becky Unthank and fresh new talent Adam Holmes.

FLIT will open at Edinburgh International Festival in August and tour to Gateshead, Buxon, Bristol, London, Poole, Leeds, Brighton and Shetland in October/November 2016.

Sunday 23rd October, 2016. 8pm. Tickets on sale from 10am Thursday 5 May.

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