Bird Scaring Songs

from by Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Fishe or Fowle is Kate and Corwen's new double CD.

    Stylistically straddling Traditional Folk, Dark Folk and Psych Folk, Fishe or Fowle features a stripped down instrumentation of ancient and historical instruments including lyre, bowed lyre, gusli, kantele, pedal harmonium and sundry pipes, horns and percussion.

    Disc One has 15 tracks on the theme of shape-shifting and transformation. Four of the songs are newly composed (including our hit: Song for Suibhne aka "The Horns Song") and eleven are interpretations of traditional material including several songs never before recorded.

    Disc Two is the first recording for 30 years of The Play o' de Lathie Odivere, an ancient and hauntingly beautiful Orcadian ballad, sung in five parts.

    This is the dramatic story of a woman torn between two lovers, one of whom is a shapeshifting Selkie (seal-man). This ballad seems to be the origin of the well known song the Great Silkie of Sule Skerry, which closely resembles one of its sections.

    Fishe or Fowle is beautifully packaged in a double fold cardboard pack, with 8 page booklet, all illustrated with Corwen's photography.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Fishe or Fowle via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Once upon a time, noisy children armed with songs and stones were cheaper than scarecrows.
1:sung by Mr Greengrass of Aldington, Kent (Journal of the EFDSS 1944)
2: sung by Mr John Rogers of Beaminster, Dorset ('Dorset Up Along and Down Along' by M.R Dalcombe 1935)
3: text from 'Evesham Notes and Queries'; tune F Kidson, '75 British Nursery Rhymes'
4: sung by Mr John Durbin, East Harptree, Somerset (Journal of the EFDSS 1904)
All four songs were selected and published together in 'The Painful Plough' edited by Roy Palmer 1972


Birdscaring songs

Away you nasty blackatops
Get off my master's radish tops,
For he's a-comin with his long gun,
And you must fly and I must run.
Helo-oo-o Helo-oo-o

Gee halo, halo, blackiecap!
Let us lie down and take a nap.
Suppose my master chance to come?
You must fly and I must run.
Gee halo, halo, halo!
Gee halo, halo, halo!

Away you black devils, away!
Away you black devils, away!
You eat too much, you drink too much,
You carry too much away!

Hey shoo all the birds!
Hey shoo all the birds!
Out of my master's ground, into Tom Tucker's ground
Out of Tom Tucker's ground, into Tom tinker's ground
Out of Tom Tinker's ground, into Luke coles' ground
Out of Luke Coles' ground, into Bill Veater's gound
Out of Bill Veater's ground, back to my master's ground
Hey shoo all the birds!
Kraal, hoop!


from Fishe or Fowle, released January 5, 2017
Words & Music: Trad, arr K Fletcher & C Broch



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Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch Scotland, UK

Kate was raised on porridge and song in a family of eccentric musicians in Reading. Wrote my first song at 19. Bought a Narrowboat to live on. Everyone said it was a phase. I still have the boat.

Corwen grew up in Dorset with his grandparents who were The Last Of The Victorians. He was instilled with a love of spartan living, open fires and outside toilets.

They make beautiful music together!
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