Laura Cannell - 17.3.17

Metaphoric, historical but also just as easily enjoyed without any context at all, Laura Cannell's approach to fiddle and recorder has echoes of medieval tradition with a folk vernacular. Recorded on the first night of her series ‘Modern Ritual’, her set framed an evening which evoked both real and fictional landscapes and explored ideas of ritual through music and words. Singling out tracks from her first and third records (Quick Sparrows Over The Black Earth and Simultaneous Flight Movement respectively), Cannell draws a chapter from her work based on ritual - both natural and supernatural. Overbowing the fiddle and dual blowing recorder, she blurs fiction with history and conjures a new kind of Black Hour - a melodic two tone drone which is both tame and wild, and the image of a Sacristan drowned in his own font.


Laura Cannell / fiddle, recorders



1. Simultaneous Flight Movement - 1:48

2. Winter Saltings - 3:09

3. A New Theory of Eclipse - 3:52

4. The Happiness of Both Worldes Part 1 - 2:58

5. The Drowned Sacristan - 3:10


Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook on Friday 17th March 2017. Mixed by James Dunn & Laura Cannell. Mstered by James Dunn. Lino print by Laura Cannell. 

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Laura Cannell

Based in rural East Anglia, Laura Cannell’s work draws on the emotional influences of the landscape and the sometimes dissonant chords of early and medieval music. With deconstructed bow and the extraordinary sound of double recorder, Laura performs a collection of semi-composed, semi-improvised pieces from the edge of England which seek to dissolve borders, move away from formal structure and to re- imagine a sonic landscape unrestricted by time or origin.  With a background in medieval, baroque, traditional and experimental music, Laura explores the spaces between ancient and experimental through improvisation to create new music that is rooted in but not tethered to the past.

With the seldom used rich and evocative polyphonic overbow technique and double recorders styled on early stone carvings, Laura creates a minimalist chamber music, where one player makes all the harmonies, encouraging harmonics and difference tones to emerge.  She draws inspiration from the emotional influence of the landscape including wild animal calls or fragments of liturgical music in order to build music that avoids historicism and instead inhabits an imagined territory, combining contemporary and archaic elements.

In October 2016 Laura released her third critically acclaimed solo album, ‘Simultaneous Flight Movement’ which was one of BBC Radio 3’s Top Twelve Albums of 2016. Over the last year she has been a regular guest and contributor to BBC 6Music’s Freak Zone with Stuart Maconie as well as recording a Maida Vale session for Late Junction and recording a ‘live in concert’ broadcast on the new music programme Hear and Now. Laura was also recently featured in The Guardian and has appeared in numerous End of Year lists, including The Wire Magazine’s Top 50, MOJO Magazine’s Top Ten Underground Albums and The Quietus Top Albums of the Year. 2016 saw Laura’s debut solo performance at The Barbican and the premiere of a composition for a short film, premiered at The British Museum and BFI, together with intensive touring around the UK and Europe. Including: Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Germany, Brussels and Holland. More information please visit:

“One of the most exciting instrumentalists around” – The Guardian

“Laura Cannell coaxes fresh magic from age-old techniques… She conjures a sonic portal between the past and present… The raw beauty of her melodies glimmer through prickly thickets of stark and dissonant chordal drones” – The Wire