Hawthonn is the musical project of Layla & Phil Legard, based in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

The project began on summer solstice 2014, with a series of musical workings using drone, pareidolia (phantom word illusions), field recordings and imaginative pathworking to explore the afterlife of Coil’s Jhonn Balance, whose ashes were deposited by his lover, Ian Johnstone, at a hawthorn tree at Bassenthwaite, Cumbria.

Dreams, visions and the natural world are all important parts of Hawthonn’s music-making, and we use them sincerely. We hope the music stands on its own, but invite and encourage you to also explore the deeper connections in our work.