Horse and Hattock

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  • The first edition of the Isobel Gowdie project: a full 8" square 16-page booklet of artwork and lyrics, plus a cd of the album. This concept album is a collaboration between artist Julia Jeffrey and Gillian Chadwick of Ex Reverie. Working closely together for years, Gillian wrote songs and Julia created full-scale paintings inspired by the legendary confessions of Isobel Gowdie. Put on trial for witchcraft in 1662, Isobel's testimonies are infamous and as powerful today as they have ever been.

    Recorded with a version of Ex Reverie composed of some of Glasgow's finest musicians (members of Big Hogg, The Hidden Masters, Trembling Bells, and Trashcan Sinatras) on location in an old mill building in the shadow of castle ruins in Strathaven, Scotland, the album takes a heavy psychedelic trip through the world of a defiant witch. Full of powerful freedom and gleeful malice, Isobel's story is one of raw sexual and magical energy. A woman under heavy societal and religious restrictions, Isobel chose the act of total rebellion in the face of danger and judgement. A complicated and inspiring heroine for our times.

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lyrics

A fire is coming, better take care
Come Fire
Down from the hilltops, laying all bare
Come Fire
It'll claim this kirk and the land beneath
Come Fire
Drive you out of the door on your knees
Come Fire

Horse and Hattock
Horse and go
Horse and pelatis
Ho, ho

Storm is coming, better take care
Come Water
It'll sweep and slaughter anything left bare
Come Water
From out at sea, heading for landfall
Come Water
Hold close what's dear or lose it all
Come Water

Horse and Hattock
Horse and go
Horse and pelatis
Ho, ho

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from Isobel Gowdie, released May 1, 2019

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