The Lovers (For Pamela Colman Smith)

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    Comes in a high quality six-panel digipack made of 100% recycled cardboard with original cover artwork by Feargal Shiels and booklet design by Sarah Turner. If you like, we can sign the CD with a personal message to you or the intended recipient, if it's going to be a gift – just indicate how and to whom you'd like it signed in the "Leave comment for the seller" link on the checkout page, and please make sure to indicate whether you want it signed by Sarah, Zoë or both. As we’re often away on tour for long periods, it may take us a while to post your purchase out to you, so if you're in a hurry it might be better to buy through CD Baby (see link further down) or your local record shop (distributed by Proper in the UK and Super D worldwide including USA). NOTE: Also includes immediate download of 11 track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
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Best known for designing the iconic Rider Tarot deck, Pamela Colman Smith was the London-born daughter of an American merchant and his Jamaican wife. She wrote and illustrated several books inspired by folk tales, and also illustrated books of poems by William Butler Yeats, who introduced her to the Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn. In her later years she moved to Bude, Cornwall, where she died in 1951.


Wands of willow, swords of steel
The dancing fool and fortune’s wheel
With watercolour, ink and pen
She makes the symbols live again

The Lovers ...

She lets the music guide her hand
To ancient times and other lands
Joins in esoteric rites
That satisfy strange appetites

The Lovers ...

Blood from the broken cup
Fire from the sky
Unseen hands to lift it up
Stars falling on earth
Blood from the broken cup
Hooded and bound
Unseen hands to lift it up
She seeks further

The Lovers ...

Hearing pictures, seeing sounds
Crimson wings and oak leaf crowns
She gives the poet’s vision form
A sister of the Golden Dawn

The Lovers ...


from Crow Coyote Buffalo, released November 24, 2008
Zoë Pollock (PRS) & Sarah McQuaid (IMRO)
Zoë: vocal, uke
Sarah: vocal, steel-string guitar
Jarvis: harmonium, percussion



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Mama UK

When pop star turned potter Zoë Pollock and trad/folk innovator Sarah McQuaid both fetched up in rural west Cornwall after years of world rambling, the stage was set for a musical partnership whose unique sound defies any attempt at categorisation.

"A pleasingly maverick mix that recalls both the eccentricity of The Incredible String Band and the pastoral narratives of Lal Waterson." – MOJO
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