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15th Sep 2016

Julie opens the 2016 BBC Quay Sessions with KT Tunstall

Morning peeps! I am here with news of a new song and a radio broadcast...

 was delighted to be invited to open the new series of the The Quay Sessions with Roddy Hart and alongside my pal, the talented Scottish fireball KT Tunstall a few weeks ago.

 

I was joined by the finest company a girl could wish for - Éamon Doorley, Duncan Chisholm, Tony Byrne and Donald Shaw. As part of our set, I decided to feature a new work - a work in progress - a poem called Air an Somme by Donald MacDonald, Dmhnall Ruadh Chorna, which I was moved to write music to whilst preparing to go and sing at the BBC's 100 year commemorative service of the Battle of the Somme in Thiepval Memorial, France in July. You can hear Donald and I performing it for the very first time this evening as part of the BBC Quay Sessions set.

KT and I also had a bit of fun, and if you like The Boss, tune in to BBC Scotland at 9pm tonight to hear our duet.....here's the link to the show, and to some pics to give you a flavour of the night! Lots of fun was had by all. Feel free to share the links, and hope you enjoy.

Love, Julie xx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07v016j

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047tdrj/p047tdhb



9th Sep 2016

The Lost Songs of St Kilda (Decca)

The Lost Songs of St Kilda (Decca Records) was released today - an album with an intriguing backstory.
Trevor Morrison was a ten year old boy on the Island of Bute when he took piano lessons from a former resident of St Kilda, the islands which were finally evacuated in 1930. As an old man, he recounted these melodies whilst playing the piano in his care home in Edinburgh. They were recorded by Stuart Mackenzie, and eventually found themselves in the hands of Decca Records - who invited top composers to rework these beautiful melodies. Composers such as Craig Armstrong and James MacMillan have contributed to the album, and Julie was delighted to feature in a small way to the track 'Dn' which her great friend Francis Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub) used as the basis for an arrangement and new setting of a poem by Norman Campbell (Tormod a' Bhocsair) 'Dha Fionnlagh MacDhmhnaill Hiort - To Finlay MacDonald from Hiort/St Kilda' which was written circa 1990.
Here is more about the story:
And further info, the website and playing links are below.
http://lostsongsofstkilda.com/
iTunes - http://po.st/MVsxzg
Spotify - http://po.st/TLSOSTSp

Bu mhath le Julie taing a thoirt do Chatriona Lexy Chaimbeul agus do Mhiri Sne Chaimbeul airson an cead, taic agus brosnachadh seo a dhanamh.


18th Aug 2016

Julie and KT Tunstall to open the Quay Sessions 2016

Julie is delighted to have been invited to perform alongside remarkable Scottish singer KT Tunstall at the Quay Sessions with Roddy Hart on August 29th.  There are a small number of tickets available for the inaugural show of this series, and you can apply for them here:

http://bbc.in/2bKgjQY


2nd Jul 2016

Julie Honoured to Perform at the Somme Centenary Commemoration Service

Julie was proud and honoured, to perform a very special song as part of the Battle of the Somme Centenary Commemoration service held at the famous Thiepval Memorial in Northern France on Friday 1 July 2016.

Julie; beautifully accompanied by Tony Byrne (guitar), Patsy Reid (viola) and Alistair Iain Paterson (harmonium); performed a very moving and poignant song entitled An Eala Bhn (The White Swan). This is a song composed by Dmhnall Ruadh Chorna (Donald MacDonald of Coruna), a Scottish-Gaelic poet from North Uist, whilst fighting in the battle of the Somme.

Speaking on arrival at the Memorial site yesterday (1 July; the morning of the Service), Julie said:

It's a huge honour to be here in Thiepval this morning to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme. It's difficult to put into words how it feels to be here - it's beautiful, peaceful, solemn, sad, humbling, thought-provoking. It is overwhelming at times to think of what happened here

The BBC iPlayer  coverage of Julies performance is unfortunately, no longer available to view.

 



Machair Records Releases

Uam album cover
Artist: Julie Fowlis
Title: UAM (From Me)
Year: 2009

Buy UAM at juliefowlis.com
dual album cover
Artist: Éamonn Doorley / Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh / Julie Fowlis / Ross Martin
Title: dual
Year: 2008

Buy Dual at juliefowlis.com
cuilidh album cover
Artist: Julie Fowlis
Title: cuilidh
Year: 2007

Buy cuilidh at juliefowlis.com
Mar A Tha Mo Chridhe album cover
Artist: Julie Fowlis
Title: Mar A Tha Mo Chridhe
Year: 2005

Buy Mar A Tha Mo Chridhe at juliefowlis.com