Reviews/Interviews

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Read the full interview with Laura Cannell over at folk radio. 

 

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MODERN RITUAL – Live Review in THE FINANCIAL TIMES – The very first Modern Ritual live at Cafe Oto – March 2017

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MODERN RITUAL – Live Review in THE WIRE MAGAZINE On Location – May 2018

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MODERN RITUAL – Live Review Supersonic Festival – Birmingham, UK
June 2018 The Skinny

“Modern Ritual takes over the Main Stage for a couple of hours. We’re treated to songs and words linked by the thread of rituals in contemporary Britain – from folklore to explorations of fictional landscapes. It’s a transportive set, with Laura Cannell drawing on ancient violin techniques and Charles Haywood closing out the show with a 15-minute snare drum workout which is far more engrossing than you might expect.”

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MODERN RITUAL – Live Review Supersonic Festival – Birmingham, UK
June 2018 – CLASH MAGAZINE (Full Review)

“Modern Ritual is not an event you can imagine taking place at many UK festivals beside Supersonic, one of the many reasons why the festival’s continued existence is so necessary. It’s a set comprised of two writers and three musicians. Jennifer Lucy Allan (The Wire, The Quietus) gives a talk on the history of the foghorn, fifteen second fragments of information are delivered between each burst of foghorn, the colossal sound both funny and slightly unnerving. Where Allan’s talk centered on the sea, Luke Turner (The Quietus) explores our messy relationship with woodlands, discussing his own unsuccessful attempts to find solace within them, but also the radical opportunities they open for those whose sexuality has not been historically permitted.

Equally too do the three musicians puncture the imagination. Hoofus electronically blurs the distinction between harmony and disharmony, great screeching walls of digital clatter, pain and bliss felt in equal measure. Laura Cannell is one of the weekends true highlights, her violin style of gnarled scrapes and utter beauty, then recorder playing that, like Gazelle Twin, salvages the early instrument from the twee associations its been stuck with. Finally, Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now) performs a gargantuan thirty minute drum roll, the repetition causing a trance like stasis that was admittedly cut off after fifteen minutes due to time constraints.”

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LIVE REVIEW – The Cusp Magazine – Modern Ritual at Cafe Oto – March 2017

“As well as being an extremely engaging performer in her own right, event creator Laura Cannell has a real skill for curation. The artists fully understood the aims of the evening, delivering thoughtful performances. [Modern Ritual] is the first in a series of events happening throughout the year. If this first evening is anything to go by, the ones to come should be a treat.

…more like a gathering of friends than a gig.  And the theme of modern rituals was a clever choice, allowing performers some flexibility while creating a very tangible through line to the event”  Full Review here…

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