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  • 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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about

An amalgamation of magpie lore, collected from all over the UK.
The chorus is inspired by an Elizabethan mural outside the chapel of Ufton Court,Berkshire where the words 'One for sorrow, two for mirth, the mingled strain of life on earth' are to be seen alongside a depiction of a magpie. Pica Pica is the Latin name for the magpie.

lyrics

Pica Pica

1 for sorrow, 2 for mirth
3 for a wedding, 4 for a birth
5 for silver, 6 for gold
7 for a secret never to be told
8 for a wish, 9 for a kiss
10 for a time of joyful bliss
Pica pica, sorrow, mirth, the mingled strain of life on earth

1 for sorrow, 2 for joy
3 for a girl, 4 for a boy
5 for silver, 6 for gold
7 for a secret never was told
8 for a wish, 9 for a kiss
10 for a bird that's best to miss
Pica pica, sorrow, mirth, the mingled strain of life on earth

1 for sorrow, 2 for mirth
3 for a letter, 4 for a birth
5 for rich, 6 for poor
7 for a bitch, 8 for a whore
9 for laughter, 10 for crying
11 for sickness, 12 for dying
Pica pica, sorrow, mirth, the mingled strain of life on earth

1 for sorrow, 2 for mirth
3 for a death, 4 for a birth
5 for a fiddler, 6 for a dance
7 for England, 8 for France
9 for Heaven, 10 for Hell
More for the Devil's very own self
Pica pica, sorrow, mirth, the mingled strain of life on earth (x4)

credits

from Fishe or Fowle, released January 5, 2017
Words: trad & K Fletcher
Music: 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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