Song of the Travelling Fairies

from by Kate Fletcher & Corwen Broch

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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 Manx lullaby, calling upon the birds to protect the infant from the faeries.

Collected in 1930 by Mona Douglas from Caesar Cashin, on the Isle of Man, who said that after each verse there used to be a little dance imitating the movements of the particular bird named.

Grouse imitation by Annie Johnston of Ersary, Barra, by kind permission of Topic Records.

lyrics

Song of the Travelling Fairies

One night in the glen, in the glen of Balcomish
The blackbird will come there to build her own nest
Sleep now my baby, the travelling fairies will come
Hush now my bairnie, the bird I will call

One night on mount Rushen, up high in the mountains
The falcon will come there to build her own nest
Sleep now my baby, the travelling fairies will come
Hush now my bairnie, the bird I will call

One night on the rocks of the steep Spanish headland
The seagull will come there to build her own nest
Sleep now my baby, the travelling fairies will come
Hush now my bairnie, the bird I will call

They'll come to Gordon and therein all cosy
Will little Jenny-wren build her own nest
Sleep now my baby and don't you be fearing of them
Hush now my bairnie, the bird I will call
Sleep now my baby, the travelling fairies will come
Hush now my bairnie, the bird I will call

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from Fishe or Fowle, released January 5, 2017
Trad, arr Kate Fletcher and Corwen Broch. 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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