Arts Centre Washington, North East

Field Music & Paul Summers

Poems of Town

Poems of Town invited celebrated Sunderland musicians Field Music and poet Paul Summers to work with young people to connect the isolated village communities of Washington through music and words.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the project had to change in nature and sessions that where originally going to take in person eventually took place via Zoom from Feb 2021. 

Poet Paul Summers invited the young people to think about the way that they use descriptive language and how they think of their locality. They were asked to collect pictures and videos for inspiration. The young people then started to develop musical ideas with David and Peter Brewis.
The young musicians finally got to meet up in person in May 2021, when the Arts Centre reopened to the public and they started rehearsing for this performance at ACW.

Arts Centre Washington

Arts Centre Washington
Biddick Lane, Fatfield
Tyne & Wear
NE38 8AB

Field Music & Paul Summers

Field Music & Paul Summers

Field Music are a band from the North East of England, led by Peter and David Brewis. Since their first album was released in 2005, they have created a large and varied discography from their studio in Sunderland. This has included film scores, collaborations, solo records and a covers album, as well as a run of acclaimed albums of their own songs, including the Mercury Prize-nominated Plumb in 2012, and Open Here in 2016.

Paul Summers lives in North Shields where he works as a writer/artist/tutor. His work has appeared in print since the late 80s and he has performed his work all over the world, including at Glastonbury, Edinburgh and Amsterdam’s Crossing Borders Festivals. He was founding co-editor of the ‘Leftfield’ magazines Billy Liar and Liar Republic and a co-director of Liar Inc Ltd.