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Julie Fowlis, Gaelic singer, at Prizery Sunday

SoVaNow.com / April 04, 2013
Julie Fowlis, a groundbreaking artist who continues to entice audiences worldwide and push accepted musical boundaries with her adaptations of songs from her native Scottish Gaelic tradition, will perform this Sunday at The Prizery at 3 p.m.

Fowlis’ authentic Gaelic sound is featured in the soundtrack to Brave, the Disney Pixar animated film set in 10th century Scotland. Research by the makers of the blockbuster movie led to one of Scotland’s true contemporary treasures – Julie Fowlis.

Brought up on North Uist in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, Fowlis has been a proud standard bearer for Gaelic music and culture over the course of a solo career which has spanned three award-winning studio albums and numerous highly acclaimed projects and collaborations.

She is no stranger to awards and distinctions, winning Gaelic Singer of the Year & Album of the Year (on two occasions) at the Scots Trad Music Awards, plus several other major accolades including Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She is perhaps most proud of her award as Scotland’s Gaelic Ambassador — ‘Tosgaire na Gàidhlig’, bestowed by the Scottish Parliament in 2008, the first person to ever receive this honor.

Since the release of her debut album, mar a tha mo chridhe (as my heart is) in 2005, Fowlis has developed her own sound with a first-class touring group including husband Éamon Doorley, her main musical companion and co-producer. Accompanying her on this tour are Dublin’s Tony Byrne, and Highlander fiddler Duncan Chisholm. This formidable line-up has become synonymous with emotive, expressive and high energy live shows.

She has graced the stage at notable venues around the world including London’s Barbican, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Mozart Concert Hall in Vienna, Edinburgh Castle, Glasgow and Dublin Concert Halls, and in the autumn of 2012 performed to a worldwide audience of millions for the closing ceremony of the USA hosted 2012 Ryder Cup in Medina, Illinois.

In addition to having one of the busiest touring schedules in Scotland, Fowlis is also well established now in the world of broadcasting. She has presented on various national and international television programs on channels such as Sky Arts HD, BBC Scotland and BBC ALBA (Scotland’s new digital channel) as well as being a regular contributor to national BBC channels Radio 2 and Radio Scotland.

A passionate artist with a sense of adventure, she has sailed around the Hebrides raising awareness for environmental issues, regularly takes to the pitch to sing the Scottish National Anthem for her country’s football team, and even has a unique Lily (Lilium Julie Fowlis) named after her.

She was awarded the position of Artist in Residence at the Tobar an Dualchais/Kist O’ Riches national online digital archive in 2012 and continues to promote the use and awareness of this incredible resource.

Tickets to the Prizery performance are $22 for aduls, $20 for seniors and $8 for students. Call The Prizery box office at 572-8339 or visit http://www.prizery.com.


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