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At the halfway of their narrative arc describing the passing of a year, string virtuosos Cannell & Ellis appear brighter, warmer, optimistic in their naturally expressive way
‘June Sounds’ catches Norfolk’s Laura Cannell (violin, voice) and Ireland’s Kate Ellis (cello, double bass) in effusive, even swooning, mood and mode, with one standout piece of plaintive folksong that’s seriously not to be missed.
‘Across Sandy Plains’ opens with a slow dawning radiance, layering the low and high voices of their instruments in buoyant, awning form, while ‘Between Earth and Snowy Heaven’ follows with a more folksy, ancient cadence and romantic hanker. The standout vocal and string piece ‘There Were Times Like These’ is our clear favourite, like A.C. Maria’s Angela Conway dialled in from a dusky barn in the Norfolk flatlands, and ideally complemented by the tempered, edging glee and swoon of ‘In The Sun Shadows Were Walked.’