• Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Beautiful cardboard gatefold sleeve designed by Rima Staines, with astrolabe design on CD. Lyrics included.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Steer by the Stars via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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An astrolabe is, I quote, an ancient and "elaborate inclinometer", used to calculate the position of stars, probably of Arabic origin. There's a great collection of them in Oxford's Museum of the History of Science. Oh, it's pronounced so the labe rhymes with babe.


Last night I saw Rachel turn into a bird
She chose a golden cage
Two speckled eggs she laid
Much brighter than the sky

Time and tide
We’ve an astrolabe inside
And it keeps us bound in service to the Moon
But Age dictates, he’s a gloomy magistrate
So she bids us keep on dancing to her tune

Hey ho, the river is running and you can’t put your foot in the same stream twice

Last night a young woman turned into a reed, out of reach
She bent at the waist
Such melodies she plays
Now the wind is blowing

Last night a whole generation turned to stone
They forgot the golden rule
You don’t look back you fools
The ending gets you just the same


from Steer by the Stars, released May 1, 2015
Song © Andy Letcher, arrangement © Telling the Bees, 2015. Backing vocals by Nomi McLeod.



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Telling the Bees Oxford, UK

Telling the Bees are an innovative acoustic band making a unique and original music they call darkly crafted folk.
They met in 2007 at Oxford's legendary Catweazle Club, and as a four piece released two acclaimed albums, Untie the Wind and An English Arcanum. In 2011 they expanded to the current five-piece line-up. Steer by the Stars is their third album.
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