On 3rd March 2013, Jake reached Cape Evans in Antarctica, and fulfilled his dream of performing his songs in the actual hut where Captain Scott and his team lived and worked before setting out for the South Pole. Conditions at the Hut were perfect: sunshine, blue skies, no wind, and a temperature of around -13 degrees.
The journey to the Hut and Jake’s performance there were 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 is now putting together a film about this extraordinary experience, which will be ready later in the year.
Jake received special permission for this performance-of-a-lifetime from the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust and reached the Hut with Antarctic travel experts Oceanwide Expeditions. To cope with the extreme conditions in the Hut, Jake performed on a Rainsong graphite guitar.
Image by Colin Rogal, copyright Jake Wilson
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.