Sonic Silents

Beggars Of Life

Sonic Silents is a trio of masters of Bluegrass & American old-time country string-music, performing live with an original score which brings new life to the Hollywood silent movies of a long-gone era.

Presented by renowned musicians Kate Lissauer (Buffalo Gals), Jason Titley & Leon Hunt, these masters of Bluegrass and American old-time bring an extraordinary, silent world of black and white movies into beautiful, captivating and unique brilliance with their originally composed score and skilful multi-instrumental perfromance.

Currently touring feature-length film ‘Beggars Of Life’, an evening with Sonic Silents reveals a thrilling, moving new approach to this now legendary film starring iconic actress Louise Brooks. In an absorbing and poignant glimpse of a bygone time, the evocative, live music reawakens and accompanies this classic 1928 work of revered filmmaker William Wellman.

Described by Stroud Film Festival organisers, at the show’s premier,  as a “… remarkable event [which] received a standing ovation from its near-capacity audience. To watch an iconic black and white silent movie from the 1920’s accompanied with specially written live music was a treat indeed for film buffs, [and] country music lovers …a stimulating and classy night out. The seamless skill of Kate Lissauer’s team contributed a high octane event to Stroud Film festival 2020”.

We will be touring ‘Beggars Of Life’ again as soon as it is safe to do so.


shorts’ of Frank Borzage

In addition to the feature-length ‘Beggars Of Life’, Sonic Silents have a show option available featuring three ‘shorts’ of Frank Borzage.  The first Oscar-winner to be awarded ‘Academy Award for Directing’ , Borzage was a true Hollywood maverick. Sonic Silents bring to life three of his films,  ‘The Pilgrim’ (1916), Pitch O’Chance (1915), and Nugget Jim’s Pardner (1916) This show is also available featuring only two films, in a format that suits a two-set village hall or theatre evening.