The Norfolk and Cambridgeshire Fens in the east of England are a land of aqueous magic, verdant and enchanted. Their history is hidden both in plain sight and beneath the myriad silver ribbons of inaccessible waterways that thread the land to the horizon. But with the right ear, one may hear their wordless songs on the wind, in the creak of the willows and in the distant call of a billion birds. With the right touch, you may know the mind of Hereward, with eyes closed, drawing fingertips through the tall grass on an August afternoon. And yet, the black eel remains unknown. She rolls and writhes in the fenland moonlight far from human eyes, she binges hungrily, then sleeps in her fathom deep hollows. She waits for the day when her flanks begin to silver and her mind overflows with ancient, hereditary wisdom – then she knows her way back to the sea.
This recording was made in and around the Norfolk village of Upwell between October 2018 and May 2019. All instrumentation, arrangement and field recordings by Dean Ramsay. Mastered by Andy Backhouse at Sigil of Brass.
Within the CD there is a riddle – this riddle is a set of clues, a treasure map.
- Countess Alftruda in Velvet Gowns
- A Proposal at Devil’s Dyke
- Two Nightingales Tell of Rebirth on the Heath
- Becoming the Hare
- Three Feet Deep and Two Miles Wide
- Harvesting Willow Along Popham’s Eau
- Exaltation Amongst the Sedge
- Awaiting a Message on the Isle of Ely
- Poppy Head Pike
- Lady Torfrida Passing Through Reedbeds Near Welle