Latest Release: WINTER RITUALS EP – Traditional and New music from England, Ireland and France to celebrate the Rituals of Winter. Ltd Edition CD (Sold Out) & Digital.

UK and Ireland based Composer/Performers Laura Cannell and Kate Ellis celebrate the rituals of winter with their new 5 track WINTER RITUALS EP. Featuring Cannell’s signature evocative overbowed violin and traditional fiddle playing alongside Ellis’s deeply expressive cello and impromptu church organ playing. 

From the ancient customs of Wassailing – carolling around a tree and spreading good cheer to a traditional folk dance, the Irish lamenting song She Moved Through the Fair (One Star Awake), they also bring a taste of their future duo work in MERROWS, a piece recorded inside Jaywick Martello Tower on the Essex coast and an old thatched cottage in Suffolk and inspired by the Irish mer people who could travel between land and sea using a special hat. 

Playing violin, cello and the organ of St James’s church, Clacton on Sea, the duo connect with personal histories and folklore, and offer this as a celebration of collective winter ritual while we are all apart. 

Recorded, mixed and produced by Laura Cannell and Kate Ellis.  
Released December 4, 2020 

Laura Cannell – Violin / Overbow Violin 
Kate Ellis – Cello / Organ 
Recorded individually, mixed and produced by Kate & Laura.