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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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In which a talking bird reveals a dreadful murder.
The text Child Ballad 68G, set to the tune collected from Mrs G A Griffin of Newberry, Florida by Alton C Morris in 1950.

lyrics

Young Hunting

SHE has called to her bower-maidens, She has called them one by one:
“There is a dead man in my bower, I would that he was gone, gone
I would that he was gone”

They have booted him, and spurred him, As he was wont to ride,
A hunting-horn about his waist, A sharp sword by his side, side
A sharp sword by his side.

Then up and spake a bonnie bird, that sat upon the tree:
‘What have you done with Earl Richard? You was his gay lady
You was his gay lady”

And she swore by the grass so green, so did she by the corn,
That she had not seen Earl Richard Since yesterday at morn, morn.
Since yesterday at morn.

‘Come down, come down, my bonnie bird, and sit upon my hand;
And you shall have a cage of gold, Where you have but the wand, wand
Where you have but the wand”

‘Away, away, ye ill woman, No ill woman for me;
What you have done to Earl Richard, So would you do to me, me
So would you do to me”

And she swore by the grass so green.....

“There is a bird intill your bower that sings so sad and sweet;
There is a bird intill your bower, kept me from my night’s sleep, sleep
Kept me from my night’s sleep”

‘Go bend to me my bow,’ she said, ‘And set it to my e'e,
And I will make that bonnie bird Come quickly down to me, me
Come quickly down to me”

‘Before thou bend thy bow, lady, And set it to thy e'e,
O I will be at yon far court, Telling ill tales on thee, thee
Telling ill tales on thee”

And she swore by the grass so green... x2

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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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