Julie is absolutely delighted to be returning to the Cambridge Folk Festival 2022, for not one but two performances – one with her own band and another with the incredible Spell Songs crew. It’s promises to be a cracker of a weekend, with some brilliant names on the bill and more to be announced. For line-up and ticketing information, see here.
Announcing Julie’s involvement in the new expansion to the Ubisoft game Assassins Creed Valhalla, Wrath of the Druids, which has just been released. Julie spent time last year collaborating with renowned musician and composer Einar Selvik to create songs for the game soundtrack.
You can watch the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhdnos2tPYI
and the full album soundtrack has also been released worldwide on Lakeshore Records
Full Album: https://youtu.be/wTAvdXlUcwc
Buy link: https://smarturl.it/ACV-WOD
as part of the new Folk Alliance International Artists In (Their) Residence project in partnership with Chris Thile.
Julie has launched a new range of merchandise today! Cosy organic hoodies, ocean blue organic and vegan friendly t-shirts and funky retro ringer tees – all of which have the ‘alterum’ insignia. All garments have been carefully and ethically sourced, and there is also now an opportunity to purchase a high-definition download of alterum with an item of clothing at a special bundle price.
All garments are unisex, and sizing guides can be found on the shop. Thanks for supporting independent musicians!
Julie is delighted to be involved in this beautiful project – The Promise. Written by Nicola Davies, with illustrations by Laura Carlin, Julie was invited to read the Gaelic version of this powerful story which examines our connection to nature and the importance of green spaces in our urban landscapes. It is a story of hope for change, and also includes readings of the Acorn poem by Robert Macfarlane with accompanying music from the Lost Words Spell Songs.
For educators – there are resources available here: https://www.thepromise.earth/screening
A’ Ghàidhlig le Raghnaid Sandilands. Nach sgaoil sibh an naidheachd?
The thoughtful Gaelic translation is by Raghnaid Sandilands. Please share the story, and enjoy!
TV alert! 📺
Julie and Éamon will be playing a song for Susan Calman tomorrow night on BBC Scotland alongside Janey Godley, Ashley Storrie, Robert Florence and Joe MacFadden on her new show, Socially Distant.
Tune in at 8.30pm.
**Watch from 2pm today at the Folk on Foot YouTube Channel**
Julie is delighted to be part of this amazing virtual folk festival on Easter Bank Holiday Monday. Supporting UK musicians whose livelihoods have been decimated by the coronavirus lockdown, 50% of all the proceeds will go to the charity Help Musicians UK.
You can donate here: https://www.folkonfoot.com/festival
The festival will have performances from Bella Hardy, Beth Porter plus the Bookshop Band, Jon Boden, Karine Polwart, Kerry Andrew (You Are Wolf), Kris Drever, Lisa Knapp and Gerry Diver, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Peggy Seeger, Rachel Newton, Sam Lee, Seth Lakeman, Steve Knightley plus Julie and Éamon Doorley. Folk on Foot will stream back to back on their YouTube channel and Facebook page in a virtual festival hosted by Matthew Bannister starting at 1400 on Monday 13th April. You’ll be able to kick back with a foaming pint or a cuppa in a front row seat in your front room and enjoy the show.
Julie was recently invited to talk to The Cultural Frontline on the BBC World Service about Gaelic language and song.
Faodaidh sibh èisteachd ris a-rithist aig a’ cheangal gu h-ìosal.
Unlike other BBC services, anyone worldwide can listen at this link below.
Tonight on BBC 4 TV at 2030:
Upstream is a new film by the writer Robert Macfarlane and the director Rob Petit. The film, which is shot entirely from the air, follows the course of the River Dee in Scotland all the way to its source in the Cairngorm mountains, the highest of any river in Britain. With a prose poem written especially for the film by Macfarlane (and voiced by Julie) and an original score by the Oscar-nominated composer Hauschka, the film takes as it epigraph the words of the Scottish writer Nan Shepherd (1893-1981): “One cannot know the rivers till one has seen them at their sources”, wrote Shepherd, “but this journey to sources is not to be undertaken lightly.” (The Living Mountain, 1977).
Eerie, hypnotic and experimental, this groundbreaking polyphonic film weaves together field-recordings of the river, and the birds and creatures which live along it, the place-names and stories – dark and light – of the Cairngorms, creating a ‘songline’ that draws the viewer up, against the flow, into wildness, winter and strangeness.