Just announced – on January 27th 2019, Eden Court Theatre in Inverness will host ‘An Treas Suaile’ (The Third Wave) which I was commissioned to write with fellow musician Duncan Chisholm. Late on New Year’s Eve 1918, HMY Iolaire set sail from Kyle of Lochalsh carrying nearly 300 seamen home to the Isle of Lewis after the war. But the ship was lost at the entrance to Stornoway Harbour and 201 servicemen perished in one of the worst maritime disasters in modern British history. Written to commemorate 100 years since the disaster, this is a deeply reflective audio-visual piece which has taken 12 months of research and writing. It will feature newly composed music, traditional material and archive recordings with onstage visuals and projected images. The title and central concept refers to John Finlay MacLeod, who leapt overboard from the stricken Iolaire with a rope and was carried onto the rocks on the third wave. Half of those who survived, did so by means of this rope. One of only four planned performances around the country, tickets are available now here.
Exciting news – Julie has been announced as Runrig’s special guest for their Farewell concert ‘The Last Dance’ in Stirling’s City Park. Julie and the band will have the honour of performing a set before Runrig take to the stage for their final two shows.
A limited number of additional tickets are to be released following an agreement between the show’s promoter, LCC Live, Stirling Council and its Safety Advisory Group to increase capacity for the Friday night (17th August 2018) of The Last Dance, Runrig’s penultimate concert.
The extra general admission standing tickets will be released for sale on Friday (27th April) at 10am through Ticketline.
Tickets for the Saturday night show sold out in record time, with the band announcing shortly afterwards that it would put on an additional concert on Friday 17th August 2018; these tickets also sold out.
Calum Macdonald of Runrig said:
“We have been overwhelmed by the support we’ve had from our fans for our final live shows. Aware that there is still high demand for tickets, we have been working hard with the concert promoter, LCC Live, to increase capacity generally and to confirm the stage and production details, which in turn have generated some extra tickets.”
“The Last Dance is certainly going to be an emotional experience for us all: an event like non-other in our 45-year history. We look forward to sharing the experience with our incredible fans and special guests for two great evenings of live music.”
More information about Runrig’s The Last Dance concerts will be made available in the coming weeks.
This limited allocation of tickets for Runrig’s The Last Dance on Friday 17th August 2018 go on sale at 10am on Friday 27th April 2018 from Ticketline (www.ticketline.co.uk; 0844 888 9991).
Julie and the band will join Noel Gallagher, Simple Minds, Amy MacDonald and more during a spectacular weekend of music.
The countdown is on for the most exciting live music event of the Summer, as BBC Music, Radio 2 and Radio 3 join forces to bring two days of spectacular performances to Scone Palace.
Following three sold out shows in Kings Place, London, Shoreham and Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Julie and the band received great reviews in The Times and The Guardian.
“A bonefide trad music star…her voice is flawless, glossy. Fowlis can sing like a diva, but keeps it sweet.” (The Guardian)
“transfixed by her voice…the purity of her vocals. Captivating…a masterclass in intimacy.” (The Times)
She heads to Manchester, Kendal and Inverness this week to continue her album release tour, plus further performances at Celtic Connections with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Transatlantic Sessions.
Today, a new project was unveiled – a joint new musical commission with musical comrade Duncan Chisholm. They are honoured to have been invited to create a new work, commemorating 100 years since the sinking of HMY Iolaire, and the loss of the men onboard. It remains one of the worst maritime disasters in modern British history, and was a tragedy for the islands. Many communities in Lewis and Harris have never fully recovered. The premiere of the work will be over two nights, on November 9th and 10th in An Lanntair, Lewis. Further details to be announced.
Myself and the band will perform in the beautiful Perth Concert Hall tomorrow evening, November 24th, in a special ‘Celtic Sessions’ double bill with the mighty Session A9. Some tickets are still available here.
The new album ‘alterum’ has been receiving great reviews and airplay too – thanks to all who have bought the record and to everyone who has shown such great support over the last few months. I truly appreciate it.
Our ‘alterum’ vinyls have been delayed, much to our great disappointment, and we are awaiting a final delivery time, which will be early in 2018. For anyone who orders from us in the meantime, you will get the download immediately, and the vinyl will follow as soon as we can get it to you.
We are delighted to announce that Julie’s fifth studio album ‘alterum’ will be released worldwide on 27.10.17
Engineered by legendary musician Calum Malcolm and featuring special guests including Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Latin title of this record gently suggests that Julie’s latest offering will have a somewhat different musical twist.
Pre-ordering is available directly from the artist here at the shop – and all pre-orders from www.juliefowlis.com will be shipped two weeks in advance of the worldwide release. All orders made before Sept 30th will be also be signed by Julie.
Looking forward to sharing more news with you next week!
Photography by Craig Mackay, Pictii.
They will be performing at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland on OCT 3rd as part of Tradition Now ’17.
Thanks to Create Louth and the Irish Arts Council for support with this new venture.
Julie sits in for Mark Radcliffe this evening on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. Looking ahead to the Cambridge Folk Festival this weekend, Julie will also play some of her personal favourites.
You can listen live online or on BBC Radio 2, and the programme will be available shortly after broadcast.
The latest gig to be added to the calendar is part of a brilliant weekend of events based at Fort George, Inverness, called ‘Amazing Ages’. Julie and the band will be performing on Sunday August 13th, following their trip to Belgium on the 12th to perform at the Ham Folk Festival. Ticket links on the tour page here http://www.juliefowlis.com/tour-dates/
Tickets are selling well for the Queens Hall show in August, where Julie will be showcasing the material from her new album, which is due for release later in the year. Tickets available here:
More album news soon, plus some TV and radio too!