Screen Shot 2018-06-11 at 21.31.11[MODERN RITUAL] UK Tour Announcement 

Laura Cannell’s Modern Ritual on tour in April, May and June 2018. An assembled collective of musicians and writers respond to what the concept Modern Ritual means to them through words and music. The idea for Modern Ritual came about at a time when Laura was in the midst of extensive solo touring, following the release of 3 consecutive and highly acclaimed solo albums of her own compositions for Overbow Violin and Double Recorders.

Initially, the idea was brewed in a field in Suffolk following a performance at Latitude Festival, she wanted to develop a way to programme diverse solo performers and writers in order to present a collective experience for both performers and audience, while keeping their strong solo identities and creating a night of new work. In March 2017 the first event took place at Londons Cafe Oto and was reviewed in the Financial Times Weekend, from there it was awarded funding from the Arts Council’s National Lottery Funding and a year later is embarking on a UK – wide tour which ends in the incredible space of LSO St Luke’s. An idea born in a Suffolk field and a sense of isolation has created a collaborative experience and platform for new UK music and words.

[Modern Ritual] – is a night of new performances exploring ideas of ritual through music and words, evoking real and fictional landscapes. Charles Hayward (This Heat, TINTH) performs his 30 MINUTE SNARE DRUM ROLL, medieval experimentalist performer/composer Laura Cannell plays newly composed works playing two recorders simultaneously and deconstructing her violin bow to create otherworldly soundscapes, Hoofus (aka André Bosman) an electronic composer produces music where oscillating melodies meld with distorted rhythms exploring machine and marsh. 

Writer/researcher Jennifer Lucy Allan performs her piece ‘Foulis’s Daughter: A Short History of the Foghorn in 30 Interrupted Acts’, and Luke Turner, writer and co-founder of The Quietus reads extracts from his forthcoming book ‘Out of the Woods’ exploring concepts of masculinity and sexuality, civilisation and wilderness.

The cast was joined in Liverpool by Ex-Easter Island Head, and Swansea by Rhodri Davies, they are also joined by guests for their collaborative piece ‘These We Hold Close, These we Hold Dear’.

[Modern Ritual] is ancient, modern, experimental, real, fictional, personal, folkloric. It explores human and mechanical rituals, failure of ritual and provides a platform to premiere new works in the UK. Taking place at venues throughout the UK, April – June 2018. 

Launched at Café Oto in 2017, [Modern Ritual] has since been awarded Arts Council of England National Lottery Funding to support the following UK dates.






Laura Cannell 

Jennifer Lucy Allan 

Luke Turner 

Hoofus/André Bosman 

[Modern Ritual] has been awarded funding from the Arts Council of England National Lottery Fund to tour the UK.

Further details/queries please contact: Laura Cannell 

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