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  • Compact Disc (CD)

    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

One of many treasures from 'A Dorset Book of Folk Songs' collected in Dorset between 1905-1908 by H.D.E Hammond and his brother who toured the county by bicycle and collected over 600 songs. The melody and the first verse are the the legacy of Mrs Crawford of New Milton. Verse two comes from a related song called The Loyal Lover which was sung by Anne Roberts of Scobbetor in 1890. Verse three is from The Merry King sung by Mr Alfred Hunt of Wimbledon, 1905. The wheezing and clunking is the sound of our most ancient pedal harmonium.

lyrics

Swallow's Wings

I'll mount the air on swallows wings to find my dearest dear
And if I lose my labour and cannot find him there
I quickly will become a fish to search the roaring sea
I love my love because I know my lover he loves me

I would I were a reaper, I'd seek him in the corn
I would I were a keeper, I'd hunt him with my horn
I'd blow a blast when found at last beneath the raging sea
I love my love because I know my lover he loves me

In the middle of the ocean shall grow a myrtle tree
Its green leaves shall wither, its branches shall die
Its green leaves shall wither, its branches shall die
If ever I prove false to the lover who loves me

credits

from Fishe or Fowle, released January 5, 2017
Words & Music: Trad, arr 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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