Play O' De Lathie Odivere V (accompanied)

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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Part V – In which Lady Odivere is sentenced to death but at the last moment, the Selkie folk summon whales to distract her captors and she disappears, never to be seen again....


Part V

The Thing has passed her awful doom
That for her false and sinful deed
She should be ta'en and burnt to ash
Without mercy or remeed

Alas alas the doleful day
Alas what am I born to see
In the red hot fire I must be burnt
O woe's my heart and woe is me

Oh if my father were alive
He would have dearly fought for me
Dead mother's ghost, will you not come
And set thy doleful daughter free?

When I lay on thy cosy breast
And you the little bairn did raise
You little thought your bonny bairn
would be a cinder in the ash

Then up and spake San Imravoe
And loud and mighty cry gave he
Ye Selkie folk to Norraway
Call all the whales in the North Sea

The day before that lady fair
Was to be burnt with muckle woe
A cry was raised about the hall
Whales whales! In every bay and cove

Then Odivere and all his men
Ran to the call with muckle speed
And there was rowing, rooting, yowling
And noise that might have raised the dead

They rowed and rooted all the day
But never a whale got for their pains
And in the murkin home they went
With aching hands and heavy bones

And when that they came to the hall
They got a gluff you may be sure
For every door stood open wide
And the door of the tower lay on the floor

And they ran up and they ran down
And glowered about with all their e'en
The lady fair was clean away
And never more by mortal seen

And Odivere's a lonely man
And weary of his doleful fate
And aye and sore he rues the day
He ever took the Odin oath

To many singers thanks we give
To many singers drink we all
Their foys, they were not worth a straw
Without their songs and ballads all


from Fishe or Fowle, released January 5, 2017
trad arr Kate Fletcher & 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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