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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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about

A sad tale with possible ancient roots in British and Irish tales of maidens who could transform into swans. With an additional floating verse from another version. “In the room of” is dialect for “in the place of”.
Collected from William Bone of Medstead, Hampshire in 1907 and Mrs Matthews also of Hampshire in 1908 by H Gardiner.

lyrics

The Fowler

One midsummers evening, the sun being gone down
Young Polly went a-walking by the side of a pond
She sat under a shady tree a shower for to shun
With her apron wrapped around her as white as a swan

Young William went a-hunting with his dog and his gun
Young William went a-hunting as the evening came on
Down among those green rushes as the evening came on
He shot his own true love in the room of a swan

He threw down his gun and away he did run
Crying “father, O father can you believe what I've done?
Down among those green rushes as the evening came on
I shot my own true love in the room of a swan”

“Stay at home dearest William 'til your trial do come on
That you may not be banished to some foreign land
On the day of your trial your father will appear
With fifty bright guineas if that will you clear”

And all the girls in the county were delighted you know
For to see lovely Polly a-laid down so low
But you could take all them pretty girls, and line them up in a row
And her beauty would outshine them like a fountain of snow

On the day of his trial young Polly did appear
Crying “people, O people, let William go clear
For with my apron wrapped around my head as the evening came on
He shot his own true love in the room of a swan”

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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