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Listen: Laura Cannell tracks

November 2014

Listen to tracks by fiddler and recorder player Laura Cannell, featured in The Wire 370

Laura Cannell speaks to Stewart Smith in The Wire 370. Describing the process which led to the recording of her debut solo album Quick Sparrows Over The Black Earth in the medieval St Andrew’s Church in her home village of Raveningham, Norfolk, Cannell says: “Where I live is really rural. The churches have the doors open so you can go in and play music. So I just took my fiddle and made myself improvise as much as I could. I wanted to see what happened, just me and my instrument, without verbalising it... I’m not at all religious, so if there were any other medieval buildings, I’d use those, but these are the ones that exist around me. I feel like so much of the village life of the past is in the walls. There’s something there that you can play against.”

Quick Sparrows Over The Black Earth is out on Brawl Records.

Oscillanz, a trio with Cannell, Bass Clef’s Ralph Cumbers and This Heat drummer Charles Hayward, play Milton Keynes’s MK Gallery on 29 November. Laura Cannell plays solo at Bristol’s Cube on 11 December.


The stuff of inspiration,
as I hear your sounds,
my little eyes wants to see,
to tell of gentle tales,
and to be in all places at once!

Thank you for this music!

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