BBC World Service: The Cultural Frontline

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.

Upstream

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0008z3c

New single release: Selkie-boy

A new song has been released into the wild today – ‘Selkie-boy’ by Spell Songs, the collaborative musical response to the incredible book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.  The full backstory to the writing of the song can be found on Julie’s Facebook page  and you can listen from today on Spotify

The stunning book and album combo is available to pre-order here.  Watch out for performances from the Spell Songs group at Folk by the Oak on July 14th and at the Albert Hall, London during The Proms on August 25th.

Summer shows

Fresh from her performance at Carnegie Hall, New York, Julie has recently announced two more Summer shows, the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (August 3rd) and Live by the Loch (June 1st).

These two festival slots are Julie’s only planned band performances in Scotland this year.

This weekend sees her and the band travel to Gran Canaria for the World Music Festival Música en el Parque

BBC 2 Scotland Celtic Connections Highlights

Julie will be presenting two programmes of musical highlights from the renowned Celtic Connections Festival on BBC 2 Scotland this week. Featuring music from Graham Nash, John Grant, Gretchen Peters, Ímar, Strung and Loudon Wainwright III.

Tuesday 2200 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0c1r1vm

Thursday 2200 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0c1r4sz

‘An Treas Suaile’ (The Third Wave)

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.

‘Allt’ new album!

I’ve been quietly working on a new collaborative album with Éamon Doorley, Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre – which we are launching today!
Recorded live in the round, ‘Allt’ is the culmination of a composition project inspired by old and new Gaelic poetry from Scotland and Ireland. Emotive and powerful melodies coupled with thoughtful and understanding accompaniment.  Engineered by the incredible Calum Malcolm, the album captures the live and vibrant sound of the quartet.
Have a listen here http://smarturl.it/Allt and please note that this album will only be available to buy at live shows or online…you can purchase a physical CD or a download (MP3 or hi-def WAV) directly from us at our store
Le taing do Create Louth, Arts Council Ireland and Colmcille.

Julie announced as special guest at Runrig’s ‘The Last Dance’

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).

BBC Biggest Weekend

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.

Further details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3kz9J3ztc3QRW107Jljpdq2/the-biggest-weekend-perth

January news

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.