Laura Cannell is joined by Kate Ellis and Stewart Lee to perform live soundtracks to newly-commissioned films, intertwining imagery, spoken word and song conjuring real and fictional landscapes & folklore from their album These Feral Lands Vol. 1 and Cannell and Ellis’s epic project A Year Documented in Sound and Art.
In 2020 Laura Cannell invited Stewart Lee to create and record stories inspired by the landscape, leaving him free to bring his own meaning and the results are some of the most personal material he has written. Recent discoveries about his personal history made him look at the folklore of the area close to where Cannell is from on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders, and also of the Welsh borderlands.
The tracks came together like an old BBC Radio Ballad, part spoken, part sung, and which were intimately recorded from their own homes and which draw on ancient folklore and landscapes. The music features Cannell’s signature evocative overbowed violin and vocals alongside Ellis’s deeply expressive cello and double bass playing.
“Wherever we lay our heads, in cities, villages, marshes or borderlands, in this century or the next, we will have the melding of clay, the walking in marshlands, the equinox and the old stories. This is our personal and collective folklore”
Laura Cannell straddles the worlds of experimental, chamber, folk, early & medieval music, her semi-composed, semi-improvised music draws on the emotional influences of the landscape whilst exploring the spaces between early and experimental music. Laura has released six solo albums to critical acclaim. Recent projects include: Deep Minimalism at Queen Elizabeth Hall, touring with cellist Lori Goldston (Nirvana, Earth), These Feral Lands, film/tv composing (EMI), BBC broadcasts and the curation/tour of her Modern Ritual Series.
Kate Ellis is dedicated to the performance and exploration of all music. Kate is the Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble, cellist with Martin Hayes’ newly formed Common Ground Ensemble and is often seen playing with the musicians of Yurodny, TRE trio and Fovea Hex. Kate is the recipient of an artist residency at the Centre Cultural Irelandais, Paris for 2020/21.
Stewart Lee is a fifty-three year old writer, stand-up comedian and film-maker. He has been described as the ‘world’s greatest living stand-up comedian’ and the ‘worst comedian in Britain’ by The Times and The Sun newspapers respectively. Contributing to These Feral Lands was a lockdown lifeline.