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The mezzo-soprano Manuela Schütte is the frontwoman of Mishaped Pearls, whose third album traces the course of the Thames in settings that bring a classical intensity to the folk-based material.

Traditional songs such as “Three Ravens”, whose titular avian carnivores revel in eating the flesh of a dead knight, flow into the band’s originals about lock-keeping or the visa problems separating the narrator from a “Cornish Girl”.

Mishaped Pearls

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