Breezes of Change

from by Kate Fletcher

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    A startling collection of womanly songs, deeply original & darkly traditional. Beautifully crafted with voice, guitar, oboe, kantele & flute, & expertly produced by Robert Harbron. Wistfulness, sadness, beauty & hope. Quietly stunning.

    "... she is defiantly a solo artist, affording us an intimate glimpse into her own distinctive and private creative world.

    Hers is an unusual and intriguing soundscape, rejoicing in a subtle and unpretentious use of a variety of instrumental colours and timbres...with unobtrusive production by Robert Harbron, there's a homespun, primitive immediacy to the proceedings that's really attractive...

    Kate's songwriting is honest and succinct, understated and refreshingly non-self-indulgent,...The standout tracks for me are highly contrasted: on one hand the disturbing, stark and broodingly strange Midnight, which tells of a modern-day haunting, and on the other the comforting haven of the beautiful Beyond The Silence.

    Kate's work is quietly stunning..."

    Reviewer: David Kidman, Stirrings Magazine.

    Muse Magazine:

    "...inspiring arrangements of traditional songs. My immediate reaction to hearing the music of the Dorset songstress was very pleasurable."...."Kate's haunting vocals result in desolate and beautiful renditions."..."Kate Fletcher has created a down to earth folk album which seems to transport you outside of the confines of your home into the countryside's open spaces and rolling hills."

    Sacred Hoop Magazine:

    Kate Fletcher, a good English name for a good English singer with a considerable amount of good feel for good traditional English music flowing from her first solo CD. Her voice and style come across as very traditional folk, and four of the songs are folk songs, the rest all bar one, are written by Kate herself. She also plays most of the instruments herself too, including one I had never heard of - kantele, a Finnish plucked psaltery.

    The songs range from love songs to songs about the elements and the four directions, spells and witchcraft, Pennant valley (the shambhala of Mid Wales), and the San Bushmen. All the songs are well crafted and played, with no evidence of any self indulgence. Throughout her voice is charming and strong, and I especially like the song she wrote for Pennant, which I first heard on a day of 'wall to wall computing'. It made me stop and wonder what the hell I was doing typing a keyboard all day long.

    Reviewer: Nick Wood.

    The Druid Network:

    The blurb on this CD says it is a 'startling collection of womanly songs' and this is very much the case. Here there are spells and ballads, and each one feels wholly to be the call and cry of the female soul. Each is sung with a softly clear voice, to acoustic instruments (guitar, oboe, kantele), all played and sung by the artist except the mouth bow, played by Corwen ap Broch. There is a medieval element in places, which is where I feel she is most captivating. Other sources of inspiration are Northern European and the Kalahari, but always she is haunting in her expression of emotion - not always raw but ethereal and questioning. It is worth listening to as a whole, and some tracks are worth dissolving into completely.

    Reviewer: Emma Restall-Orr

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The last song I wrote before we set off. For Cathie and Phil, fellow pilgrims.

lyrics

BREEZES OF CHANGE

Where are you blowing to, Breezes of Change
Where are you blowing today?
Could you carry me over the hills
Put me on a pilgrim's way?
I've heard you rattling my window
I've heard you calling in the moving trees
Are you ready to blow with me?
And something inside whispers change is stability
Somebody told me that years ago
Nothing is certain, nothing is sure
I'm scared but I'm ready to go

Where are you drifting to, Tide on the Turn
Where are you drifting with me?
Will I be stranded at the End of the Earth
Or carried on out to the sea?
I feel your waters rising swiftly
I feel the pulling of the undertow
Are you ready to drift with me?
And something inside...

How you are sculpting me, Fingers of Time
Carving me out of the clay
Every feature and every line
Study of wisdom in grey
I see you beckoning with open arms
I feel your hand upon me every moment
Are you ready to walk with me?
And something inside whispers change is stability
Who was it told me that years ago?
Nothing's forever and days cannot wait
I'm scared but I'm ready to go

How you are burning me, Fire of Love
Branding me deep in my soul
Melting me, pouring me into your mould
Forging me over the coal
I hear your bellows as they rise and fall
You set me ringing as your hammer strikes me
Are you ready to give now?
And something inside whispers change is stability
Somebody told me that years ago
Nothing is perfect, nothing is mine
I'm scared but I'm ready to go

Where are you blowing to, Breezes of Change
Where are you blowing today?
Will you carry me over the hills
Put me on a pilgrim's way?
I hear you rattling my window
I hear you calling in the moving trees
Are you ready to blow with me?
And something inside whispers change is stability
Somebody told me that years ago
Nothing is certain, nothing is sure
But I'm here and I'm ready to go

credits

from Fruit, released January 1, 2007
Kate Fletcher

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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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