Clang Sayne

Clang Sayne was formed by Laura Hyland in London in 2008 to fuse myriad influences spanning folk song, sound art and literature into a soundworld she describes as 'songscape'. Reviewers have dubbed it an "an uncategorizable approach to songcraft" and "exhilarating in its refusal to conform".

They independently released their new album, 'The Round Soul of the World' in March 2017.

Former London incarnation of the group featured Peter Marsh on double bass, James O Sullivan on electric guitar and Matthew Fisher on drums, with whom Laura recorded and independently released the debut Clang Sayne album, 'Winterlands' in September 2009. The single, 'A Death and a Vision' featured on the Wire Magazine's Tapper cd in October 2009, and the album was subsequently re-released on Forwind Records in April 2010 to international critical acclaim. 

Current members:

Tour dates:


2nd / Garden Party / Cork

27th / Santa Rita Series / Dublin

28th / Sofa Sessions / Kilkenny


5th / Black Box

7th / Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms

8th / Wexford Arts Centre




Laura on voice and guitar,

Judith Ring on voice and cello

Matthew Jacobson on drums and voice

Carolyn Goodwin on bass clarinet and voice. 

Genre: Acoustic sound improvisation/experimentation

Music, lyrics and artwork from Winterlands can be found here.

This is a set of live, organic, no-safety-net performances; there is something exhilarating about this modest yet perverse album and its refusal to conform
— Clive Bell (The Wire)
The raw no-overdubs recording style adds a sense of fluidity to the album, a real sense that on another day the band’s improvisational compass could have steered these songs to different waters altogether
— Scott McMillian (Mapsidaisical)
The quartet’s stunning [sound] showcases an uncategorisable approach to song craft that brings to mind the music of Tim Buckley, Jandek and David Sylvian’s collaborations with Derek Bailey.
— Boomkat
A brittly beautiful collection of autumnal songs - partly structured, partly free-floating, these pieces feel both weightless and airy as well as astoundingly clearly shaped.
— Tokafi Interview/Review