[Modern Ritual] Laura Cannell, Jennifer Lucy Allan, Charles Hayward, Hoofus, Luke Turner

Saturday, 26 May 2018 at 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM 

Tickets: £10 / £8 concessions  http://hdfst.uk/E44531 (limited tickets on the door) 

Laura Cannell’s [Modern Ritual] is a new series of performance events which explore ideas of ritual through music and words, and evokes real and fictional landscapes.

[Modern Ritual] is ancient, modern, experimental, real, fictional, personal, folkloric. It explores human and mechanical rituals, failure of ritual, through live improvisation and provides a platform to premier new works.

Laura Cannell and Charles Hayward will be leading a FREE workshop as part of this event – see details on BEEF Facebook event page and how to sign up: http://bit.ly/2FfKQjF



Laura Cannell
Based in rural East Anglia, Laura Cannell’s work draws on the emotional influences of the landscape and the sometimes dissonant chords of early and medieval music. With deconstructed bow and the extraordinary sound of double recorder, Laura performs a collection of semi-composed, semi-improvised pieces from the edge of England which seek to dissolve borders, move away from formal structure and to re- imagine a sonic landscape unrestricted by time or origin.

Jennifer Lucy Allan
Jennifer Lucy Allan is a writer and researcher interested in the links between weather, sound and our sense of place. She is currently working on a PhD at CRiSAP on the social and cultural history of the foghorn. She runs the reissues label Arc Light Editions with James Ginzburg, and is a writer for The Wire, The Guardian and others.

Charles Hayward
Charles Hayward is an English drummer and was a founding member of the experimental rock group This Heat. He also played with Mal Dean’s Amazing Band, Radar Favourites, Dolphin Logic, and gigged and recorded with old schoolfriend and “Pooh and the Ostrich Feather” member Phil Manzanera in the group Quiet Sun project as well as a short stint with Gong. On one occasion he also played drums for the anarchist punk band Crass.

Hoofus uses drifting oscillators, cryptic rhythm and tactile interaction between performer and machines to create music of wayward eerie wonder. Drawing on rustic, alienation and the reclamation of the manmade by nature, Hoofus explores the uncanny beauty of the intangible and occult seeping through into our post-industrial world.

Luke Turner
Luke Turner is a writer and editor based in London. In 2008 he co-founded The Quietus, an online magazine devoted to music, arts and popular culture within the context of contemporary society. Turner is currently curating a series of live events as part of Hull City Of Culture 2017’s commemoration of the radical art collective COUM and as a journalist, he has contributed to The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Vice, the BBC, NME, Q, Mojo, Monocle, Nowness and the SomeSuch journal, among other publications in the UK and beyond. Aside from his cultural writing, Turner writes regularly on landscape, place, memory and self for the Caught By The River online magazine, including a regular column on Epping Forest. This writing is also forming the basis for a forthcoming book on urban forests, family, ritual, death and sexuality against the context of Western decline and environmental destruction.


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