Freedom Hall Presents... Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles
April 20, 2013 7:30 p.m. - Tickets $28 (Students/Children
Julie is regularly involved in television work, both as
a presenter and an artist. Her most recent TV slot was a featured TV advert for
the new Disney Pixar movie 'BRAVE' which was premiered during the Oscars
ceremony, with a song from her debut album being used as the soundtrack.
Her most recent presenting projects include co-presenting the prestigious BBC
Radio 2 Folk Awards live from the Lowry in Manchester with Mike Harding, and
co-presenting the popular annual MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.
Julie is currently on BBC Alba TV.
This is a new series presented by Julie
and close friend Muireann NicAmhlaoibh. Singers and musicians from Ireland and
Scotland gather in Glasgow for musical sessions which celebrate common bonds.
2011 also saw Julie presenting a series of bilingual series of programs in
Gaelic and Gaeilge (Irish) with her good friend and colleague Muireann Nic
Amhlaoibh 'Taigh-ciùil' which featured a selection of great performances
recorded live at Scotland's premier Winter festival, Celtic Connections.
As a performer, Julie was delighted to contribute to the last series of Songs of
Praise, which was recorded in Dunfermline Abbey, which was aired in Summer 2011
and the series celebrating the winners of the Scots Trad Music Awards, as a
winner herself of 'Album of the Year 2010' with her third studio album, 'Uam'.
Earlier, Julie toured UK, North America and the European festival circuit
promoting the release of her “Live At Perthshire Amber” album.
She unveiled “Heisgeir”, commissioned for the Highland festival 'Blas' in
September 2011. This is a multi-faceted music and film project exploring the
now-uninhabited Monach islands near North Uist. A 5 star review in THE SCOTSMAN
described it as a 'wholly absorbing, visually captivating blend of documentary
and art movie.
“Like beautiful messages from another world.” -- BBC Radio
“She deserves a following far beyond Scotland” -- The Guardian - London, England
Head as ever, pure-voiced Scottish vocalist Fowlis manages yet again to conjure an album in impenetrable Gaelic that is totally listenable, a spell-binding melange of traditional pipe-and-fiddle reels alternating with rolling piano ballads and the odd Greek bouzouki number. Where other English or Scottish Folkies struggle to stay 'olde' or drift into electronica, this girl just gets better and better, centred strongly on her Island culture and sounding its many depths. It's a model for many musicians. Delightful. -- Traveller Magazine
Singer Julie Fowlis is typically used to songs that are a tad older than the ones she sang in Disney/Pixar's "Brave. "Her comfort zone is about eight centuries ago.
There's plenty of fanciful elements in "Brave" -- magical wisps, a crafty witch and a mother turned into a bear -- but when it comes to music, the film is grounded in history. Along with composer Patrick Doyle, Fowlis is part of the Scottish contingent working on the film's score, aiming to marry Gaelic traditions with its symphonic elements. In so doing, Pixar even pushed a classicist like Fowlis out of her comfort zone, having her sing her two songs in that crude ol' language known as English. -- Los Angeles Times
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