Silent Film Accompaniment

Two excerpts from THE GOOSEWOMAN (1925) piano, cello/musical saw and percussion:


The Hippodrome screenings in Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema in Bo’ness: 2018 PANDORA’S BOX (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1929) piano and violin

     The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2012-18:

  • 2018 SEVEN FOOTSTEPS TO SATAN (Benjamin Christensen 1929) for piano and violin (electric and acoustic); Laurel and Hardy Triple Bill (FLYING ELEPHANTS, UNACCUSTOMED AS WE ARE & BIG BUSINESS)  piano and percussion
  • 2017 THE GRUB STAKE (Nel Shipman 1923) piano, accordion, bass and percussion; Laurel and Hardy Triple Bill (PUTTING PANTS ON PHILIP, THE FINISHING TOUCH, THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY) piano and percussion
  • 2016 EARTH (Dovshenko 1930) piano and percussion; Jeely Jar Screening: MY WIFE’S RELATIONS (BUSTER KEATON 1922) & A PAIR OF TIGHTS (HAL YATES 1929) piano and percussion
  • 2014 Saturday Night Gala: DRAGNET GIRL (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan 1933) with Hazel Morission (Percussion) and Roddy Long (Electric Violin). Scottish Tour funded by the Film Hub Scotland and on tour:
  • 2013 Closing Night Gala: THE GOOSEWOMAN (Clarence Brown US 1925) piano and flugelhorn, cello/musical saw and percussion
  • 2012 Closing Night Gala: THE BLACK PIRATE (Albert Parker, starring Douglas Fairbanks US 1926) piano/flugelhorn and percussion

The Maltings, Berwick Film and Arts SUNRISE (F.W.Murnau 1927) piano, violin, cello/musical saw and percussion

Aberfeldy Birks cinema, Fife Jazz Festival BATTLE OF THE SEXES (D.W. Griffith 1928) piano, clarinet/sax, percussion

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall York University June 2015 SHOW PEOPLE (King Vidor 1928, starring Marion Davies): solo piano

Dumfries and Galloway Festival May 2015: Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton 1926) piano and percussion

The Washhouse Adelphi Grove, Edinburgh February 2015

  • THE BLACK PIRATE (Albert Parker 1926 starring Douglas Fairbanks) piano, violin and percussion
  • ONE WEEK (1924) solo piano and SEVEN CHANCES (1926) piano and percussion, hosted by Portobello Open Door

St. Andrews University Film Festival annually 2013 – 2017:

  • THE UNKNOWN (Tod Browning 1927)
  • ONE WEEK (Buster Keaton 1924) solo piano
  • DRAGNET GIRL (Ozu 1933) piano, percussion and violin
  • DOUBLE WHOOPEE (Lewis R. Foster 1929 starring Laurel and Hardy) piano and percussion
  • THE LAST LAUGH (FW Murnau 1924) piano, percussion and violin
  • Scottish Screen Archive footage (various) with SHERLOCK JR. (Buster Keaton US 1924) solo piano

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Buster Keaton’s STEAMBOAT BILL JR (1924) with live accompaniment from the Jane Gardner Trio with Hazel Morrison (percussion), Roddy Long (violin) at

Colinsburgh Town Hall December 2013, and St. Michael and All Saints Church, Edinburgh October 2013

Garden City Cinema, Harpenden 31st October 2014 Hitchcock’s silent THE LODGER; A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG (1927) with ‘Classical Mayhem’

Gaiety Theatre as part of Prestwick World Festival of Flight September 2013 A DASH THROUGH THE CLOUDS (1912) 8 mins, and WINGS (1927) 141 mins Silent film piano accompaniments with percussionist Hazel Morrison

Portobello Grande Royale Summer Seaside Variety Show and St. George’s School for Girls, Edinburgh June and August 2013 WHAT A NIGHT! (1939) 11 mins silent film from the Scottish Screen Archive. piano and violin

Hitchcock Silents season 2012 at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse Cinema & Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre (all solo piano):


2012 Scottish Tour of THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton US 1926):

  • Aboyne Film Festival
  • Peterhead Film Festival
  • Eastgate Theatre, Peebles ‘Special Event’

National Libraries of Scotland, Edinburgh, June 2012:  Silent Cinema Exhibition Opening: piano accompaniment (a variety of typical themes)

Ballater Station Restaurant 2012: THE BLACK PIRATE (Albert Parker, starring Douglas Fairbanks US 1926) (solo piano)

Keswick Film Festival 2010: MY BEST GIRL (Sam Taylor US 1927) piano and violin

Birds Eye View Festival, National Film Theatre & Barbican Cinemas London 2008 – 10:

  • SHOW PEOPLE (King Vidor 1928)
  • BLUE BOTTLES (Ivor Montague 1928)
  • THE LOVE EXPERT (David Kirkland 1920)
  • THE VAMPIRE (Robert Vignola 1913)
  • HER SISTER FROM PARIS (Sidney Franklin 1925)

London Festival of Film and Fashion, Barbican Cinema 2010RED HEELS (Das Spielzeug von Paris) (Michael Curtiz 1925)

The Cameo Cinema 60th Anniversary, Edinburgh 2009:

  • OUR HOSPITALITY (Buster Keaton 1923) (solo piano)
  • SHERLOCK JR (Buster Keaton 1924)  piano, cello, trumpet, ukulele/French horn and percussion

Glasgow Film Theatre 2009, and Torquay Comedy Festival 2008 (Bird’s Eye View) MY BEST GIRL (Sam Taylor US 1927) solo piano

Berwick Film and Arts Festival 2006, 2007 & 2009:

  • THE NAVIGATOR (Buster Keaton 1924) solo piano
  • STEAMBOAT BILL JR. (Buster Keaton 1928) solo piano
  • SHERLOCK JR. (Buster Keaton 1924) semi-scored for  piano, ‘cello, trumpet, ukulele/French horn and percussion
  • LIBERTY (McCarey starring Laurel and Hardy 1929)

The Waiting Room Eaglescliffe: HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (Victor Sjostrom 1924) solo piano






Image by Graeme MacDonald