Jake is about to embark on an extraordinary expedition – to perform his songs in the actual hut in Antarctica where Captain Scott and his team lived and worked before setting out for the South Pole. Jake has received special permission for this performance-of-a-lifetime from the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust and will reach the Hut with Antarctic travel experts Oceanwide Expeditions. To cope with the extreme conditions in the Hut, Jake will be performing on a Rainsong graphite guitar.
The journey to the Hut and the climactic performance will be filmed by Colin Rogal, a close friend who has worked with Jake on projects for the BBC, the Open University and the Roald Dahl Estate. Jake and Colin should reach the Hut in the first week of March 2013.
Image copyright Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZ)
100 years ago, Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his polar party all died on their return journey from the South Pole. To mark the centenary, Jake has composed “All’s Well”, a cycle of songs written from the point of view of these five extraordinary men: Edgar Evans, Lawrence Oates, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, and Captain Scott himself.
The songs have been fully endorsed by the Scott Polar Research Institute and have been described as “a cultural masterpiece for the Scott centenary”.
“All’s Well” is dedicated to Jake’s mother and his friend, the writer Russell Hoban, both of whom died in 2011.
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