The Earl of Mar's Daughter

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.

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A version of the folkloric motif of 'The Bird Lover' in which a woman manages to live with a bird-man in secret for twenty-three years and bear seven children without anyone noticing.
Adapted from Child Ballad 270, and a variation of Christie's tune, published in 1881.

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Earl of Mar's Daughter

Oh Coo my Dove, my love so true
If you'd come down to me
I'll give you a cage of good red gold
Instead of a simple tree.
But when day was done and night was come
About the evening tide
This lady spied a sprightly youth
Standing by her side

I am a dove the live-long day,
A sprightly youth by night;
This to make me appear more fair
In any maiden's sight.
And he has stayed in bower with her
For six long years and one,
Till six young sons to him she bore,
And the seventh son she's brought home.

And he has stayed in bower with her
Twenty years and three;
'Til there came a lord of high renown
To court this fair lady.
But all his proffers she refused,
And all his presents too;
Says, "I'm content to live alone
With my bird, Cow-me-doo."

"My seven sons in seven swans,
About their heads to fly;
And I myself to a gay goshawk,
A bird of high degree."
And nothing could the company do,
And nothing could they say
For they saw a flock of pretty birds
That stole their bride away.

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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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