A Year Documented in Sound & Art – January Sounds & Sea Tower Film
Brawl Records is proud to present JANUARY SOUNDS from UK and Ireland based musicians Laura Cannell and Kate Ellis. Featuring Cannell’s signature evocative overbowed violin alongside Ellis’s deeply expressive cello playing.
This release is the first in a series of twelve as part of a major new project:
THESE FERAL LANDS – A Year Documented in Sound and Art. An ambitious and exciting creative documentation of 2021 from two innovative and highly acclaimed instrumentalists with new music released monthly, and bespoke films. Supported by the Arts Council of England.
‘Meeting each other has inspired us to create new music that reflects the optimism, the change and also strangeness which has affected both of our working lives. This project is both a sonic and visual diary, and a long distance call and response capturing a moment in time.’
We’re delighted to have been selected for the cover mount Top of the World CD of Jan/Feb Songlines Magazine #164 – Out Now. The track “Alone in the Wolf Thickets” was selected by the Comedian/Writer Stewart Lee, from the album These Feral Lands Volume 1, which was also reviewed in the magazine.
Tracks from Winter Rituals appeared on the following BBC Shows in December including Christmas night and it was the FIRST TRACK of the 2021 to be played at midnight on BBC Radio 3. Thanks to all of these wonderful presenters and their producers for listening, supporting and playing our music.
BBC 6Music Tom Ravenscroft Recommends BBC Radio 3 Music Planet with Kathryn Tickell BBC Radio 3 FREENESS with Corey Mwamba BBC Radio 3 Night Tracks with Hannah Peel BBC Radio 3 Late Junction with Verity Sharp BBC Radio 3 Unclassified:Music with Elizabeth Alker BBC 6Music The Freak Zone with Stuart Maconie BBC Radio 3 Breakfast with Elizabeth Alker
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.
“These Feral Lands: Volume 1 by Laura Cannell and Friends (Brawl) is an excellent, exploratory project, weaving personal folklore around Cannell’s shuddering violin improvisations (watch out for Stewart Lee’s Wrekin giant).” Reviewed by Jude Rogers Guardian Music (6 NOV 2020)