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10th Oct 2016

Julie Features in Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands TV Programme

In the final episode of the series; Off the Map: North Rona and the Monach Islands; presenter Paul Murton, embarks on his most difficult island Grand Tour to date. Every destination has been long abandoned by people, there are no ferries, no piers or proper landings at these islands making it quite a challenge to get there. Paul's journey sees him travel to the once-inhabited island of Heisgeir (The Monach Islands), sail around the gannet city of Sula Sgeir and endure rough seas to finally make landfall on the extraordinarily remote island of North Rona.

Julie, who has family roots on Heisgeir that go back generations, joins Paul in this Episode as she searches for her great great grandmothers house.

The programme will be broadcast tonight (Monday 10 October) at 7.30pm on BBC1 Scotland.  For full programme details/information, video clips and to watch the programme in full again (after the broadcast) via the BBC TV iPlayer, visit this link:

4th Oct 2016


This evening on BBC ALBA, Julie narrates a documentary which explores the work of the Children's Hospice Association Scotland. They are the sole charity in the country who offer respite care children and youngsters with life threatening conditions. In Tarmann/Home from Home we meet five families who depend on the hospice service for respite care and support.

This is a world where people aren't afraid to talk about death, but prefer to focus on living life. The hospice staff and volunteers - from the housekeepers, to the chefs, to the nurses - all ensure that Rachel and Robin Houses provide a warm welcome and a home from home for families. Over 60 minutes, in a film which will make the audience both laugh and cry, we experience joy and sadness in Rachel and Robin Houses in an intimate portrayal of families coping with both life and death.

Tune in and watch the work this amazing charity does.

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'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

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.
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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.

Machair Records Releases

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

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

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

Buy cuilidh at
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