LIVE RECORDINGS FROM [MODERN RITUAL] I
Recorded live at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook on Friday 17th March 2017.
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.