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    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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A song about shape-shifting and communing with the natural world.

The idea of shape-shifting and communing with the natural world is as old as humanity itself, giving inspiration for song, music and dance.

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Fishe or Fowle

I went down to the water's edge,
There put on my coat of seal skin
Crept between the reeds and sedges
Dipped my toe in icy ocean
I went down to the water's edge
There put on my coat of seal skin
Crept between the reeds and sedges
Slipped into the briny ocean
I will swim, and I will dive and
Sing the songs the sea has taught me
I will swim, and I will dive and
Sing the songs the tide has brought me

I went up to the mountain high
There put on my cloak of feathers
Climbed into the tallest tree to
Feel the wind and watch the weather
I went up to the mountain high
There put on my cloak of feathers
Climbed into the tallest tree and
Leaned into the wind and weather
I will sing, and I will fly and
Tell the tales the birds have taught me
I will sing, and I will fly and
Tell the tales the wind has brought me

I went down to the water's edge
There I wore my coat of sealskin
I went up to the mountain high
There I wore my cloak of feathers
I will swim, I will fly
Tell the tales the birds have taught me
I will swim, I will fly
Sing the songs the sea has brought me

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from Fishe or Fowle, released January 5, 2017
Written by Kate Fletcher. Music Kate Fletcher and Corwen 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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