With support from Sound and Music, and The Canal and Rivers Trust, in August 2014 Dead Rat Orchestra will undertake a unique tour across the canals and waterways from London to Bristol and Oxford.
In August 2014 the DRO will chart these inland waters, gathering an informal history of England's once thriving industrial arteries, exploring social, historical and musical roots.
Having developed a unique approach to site specific composition and performance, The Cut tour presents a new challenge to the DRO - a barge and the canals themselves provide a slow moving base from which the music will take form.
The journey will foster impromptu collaborations with local artists and musicians, host visits from historians and forge links to local community groups, as the DRO explore how the canals continue to resonate with communities and their surroundings today.
The Cut will see the DRO perform at (full details TBC): -
London Canal Museum
Eel Pie Island/Diamond Jubilee Park
Reading - Rising Sun Arts Centre
Bradford Upon Avon
If you live near the waterways and are interested to become involved, and are interested in becoming involved or supporting the DRO, please contact
29th March - Rough Music - Oxford
Part of Audiograft Festival
18th Jun - Colchester Arts Centre
with The Dyr Sister
20-22 June - Sin Eater Festival
Aug 2014 - The Cut - Waterways Tour
One of the UK's most innovative ensembles their work has been performed, installed and experienced across Europe, North America and the Middle East, and their sound tracks have featured BBC television and at the Tate Modern.
The DRO have toured and performed internationally with the likes of Martin Carthy, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Pere Ubu, Silver Mount Zion, Eric Chenaux, Silver Apples and Baby Dee.
Aside from their own unique performances, they have composed works for performance by the London Contemporary Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Ukranian Conservertoire, and collaborated with The Pitt Rivers Museum.