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’s music has grown out of unearthed fragments that became improvised pieces. Her music encompasses both wild animal calls and long forgotten liturgical fragments, which drawn through Laura’s music seem to originate from the same, ahistorical place. With a background in traditional folk, early and experimental music, she creates a solitary minimalist chamber music, where one player makes all the harmonies.
Since founding the award winning folk and early duo Horses Brawl she toured throughout the UK for nearly a decade, Laura has since established her practice as a solo musician with recorder and fiddle her primary instruments. Her first solo album Quick Sparrows over the Black Earth (2014) found an audience keen for more, it appeared in The Wire Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of the Year 2014 and she has followed the release with the highly acclaimed Beneath Swooping Talons which was No.3 in MOJO Magazine’s Underground Albums of the Year 2015, No. 17 in The Wire’s Top 50 Albums 2015 as well as appearing in several other EOY Lists including Uncut, Melting Vinyl, The Quietus & Norman Records (No. 20 for 2015) and ABC Perth. Both albums have been remixed by highly regarded electronic and alternative musicians including Luke Abbott, Hoofus, Ekoplokz, Peverelist, Charles Hayward (This Heat), Karen Gwyer, KemperNorton, Hacker Farm and many others. She recently worked on new projects and releases with Mark Fell, Rhodri Davies, Peter J Evans at The Baltic Gallery in Newcastle and with Pete Flood (Bellowhead). Laura also performs in the trio OSCILANZ with Charles Hayward (This Heat) and Ralph Cumbers (Bass Clef/Some Truths) as well as a fiddle duo with André Bosman (Hoofus) and was recently awarded a PRS Foundation – Beyond Borders Award for a new project with the Welsh experimental violinist Angharad Davies.
A busy touring schedule in 2015 included her debut solo performance at Royal Festival Hall, together with festivals throughout the rest of the UK and Europe including performances in Holland, Switzerland and Denmark. Laura’s music has received numerous outings on BBC Radio 6Music including an interview with Stuart Maconie, as well as BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, NTS Radio and many others.
“One of the most exciting instrumentalists around” THE GUARDIAN (Dec 2015)
“Laura Cannell might be a magician” – MOJO
“Cannell coaxes fresh magic from age-old techniques” – The Wire
“an essential work of modern British folk and avant-garde composition.” – The Quietus
“Beautiful and haunting…” – Tom Ravenscroft, BBC 6 Music
“Virtuoso Magpie Musician” THE TIMES
“bracing and uncompromising … fearsome and fearless” – Shindig
“utterly beguiling, bleak and beautiful” – NARC
“profoundly beautiful… another triumphant album.” – Folk Radio UK
“the kind of artistry that pays back the courageous listener in spades” – The Skinny
“At once uncanny and serene” – Uncut
“‘Beneath Swooping Talons’ demonstrates how much sound can come from a solitary player” – Norman Records
“A stunning, heavy listen” – Slate the Disco