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.
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.