The Harcourt Players (Live accompaniment to “The Goat” + “Pay Day”)
Thursday 24 May 2018
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
£10 in advance
The Harcourt players are Simon Othen and Luke Wurmli, they have written musical scores for two classic silent movies from the early 1900’s.
Buster Keaton’s The Goat being one
Charlie Chaplin’s Pay Day being the other
With the audience focused on the films, The Harcourt Players weave their way through these two hilarious 40-minute classics highlighting the ups and downs, chases and falling in love scenes, using an array of instruments such as guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonicas and a variety of percussion.
So come and enjoy an evening with two of the silent movie era’s greats and laugh your socks off (banana peels not included!).
The Harcourt Players are Simon Othen
Simon has played guitar and mandolin in many musical styles; gypsy jazz (Trio Ros Bief), folk rock (Machine Breakers), Americana (Des Horsfall), soul/funk (kicking back), singer songwriter (Deborah Rose) and more…
He also writes music and songs – again in a mixture of genres and has vast recording experience.
Simon recently discovered that his Grandmother, Doris Harcourt, played piano for silent movies during the 1920’s, a tradition he is very proud to continue.
Luke adds banjo, harmonicas, ukulele and percussion to The Harcourt players. He has been on the live music scene for over 30 years, touring in Europe and the U.S.A. He has played with various bands and in a variety of styles. Luke and Simon currently form one half of the Woo Town Hillbillies.
Luke has already performed live music set to silent films, having co-written scores for the classic Nosferatu and the 1921 version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.