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Dec 21 2012

“Julie Featured Guest on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Take the Floor’ Programme”

We are pleased to confirm that Julie will be Robbie Shepherd’s featured guest on his long established ‘Take the Floor’ programme (for the very best in traditional music and song) on Saturday 22 December at 7.05pm.

Julie will be speaking to Robbie about future plans as well as reflecting on what has been a very busy and highly successful 2012 for her (with many highlights, including her involvement in Disney-Pixar’s box-office blockbuster animated movie, ‘Brave’); and all will be accompanied by several of Julie’s tracks being played.

The broadcast will also be repeated on Sunday 23 December at 1.05pm and you can check out all details about the programme via this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pcwmb

If you miss the 2 broadcasts, or just want to listen again, you will be able to catch them for up to 7 days afterwards, via the BBC Radio iPlayer:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio
Meanwhile, Julie wishes all fans and visitors to her website this weekend, a Merry Christmas (Nollaig Chridheil).





Dec 09 2012

“Julie honoured at MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards & Latest.....Oscars Shortlisting for 'Brave' Song!!!”

Julie was thrilled to be honoured at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards last night for her work throughout the year promoting traditional music in the media, and in particular Gaelic language and song, as part of her work with Disney Pixar's 'Brave'.  The other projects in her category were very worthy, and she so she is particlularly appreciative of the award.

Unfortunately Julie could not attend the glitzy ceremony, hosted this year in Fort William, but she sent her thanks via a filmed interview which was screened at the ceremony.  Julie was also delighted to provide a personal account of the brothers Calum and Rory Macdonald of Runrig, who were given a special award for Services to Gaelic Music, a recognition they are very deserving of.

There is an account of the Trad Music Awards in the Scotsman today, you can read it here http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/music/news-and-features/julie-fowlis-honoured-for-role-as-gaelic-ambassador-at-music-awards-1-2682383

Julie would like to personally thank all those who took the time to place votes at the Awards this year - the ceremony is all about raising the profile of a rich, vibrant and historic culture and Simon Thoumire and the team at Hands Up for Trad should be applauded for another great event.  The awards were screened on BBC ALBA and you can watch the live broadcast part of the show again here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00g29zl

Remember you can sign up for Julie's mailing list here on the website.  More news for 2013 to be announced soon!


LATEST NEWS...................... 

‘Touch the Sky’ from ‘Brave’ – Shortlisted in ‘Songs’ Category for Oscars

 

Julie is delighted with the news that ‘Touch the Sky’ (by Alex Mandell) which she sang in the soundtrack of this year’s blockbuster Disney-Pixar animated movie ‘Brave’, has been shortlisted in the ‘Songs’ category for an Oscar at the upcoming Awards.

Further details in the following Los Angeles Times article:

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-73566591/

 

 

 






Dec 04 2012

“Julie Wins Glenfiddich ‘Spirit of Scotland Award’ and Reminder of Julie’s Dates @ ‘Celtic Connections 2013’ – Including the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ”

The winners of the 2012 Glenfiddich ‘Spirit of Scotland Awards 2012’ were announced at a glittering prize-giving ceremony held in Edinburgh’s Prestonfield House Hotel last Thursday night (29 November) and we are absolutely delighted to confirm that Julie won the top ‘Music’ Award.

Against strong competition in the category, including singer Emeli Sande’, highly acclaimed virtuoso violinist and good friend, Nicola Benedetti and Eigg’s own musical maestro Johnny Lynch of The Pictish Trail, Julie was both surprised and honoured to receive the Award.

The event was hosted by broadcaster Kirsty Wark and attended by a host of VIP guests including many former Glenfiddich ‘Spirit of Scotland Award’ winners.  The Awards recognise individuals who lead the way in various aspects of Scottish culture and the winners are chosen by a public vote.   Julie wishes to thank everyone who voted for her.

The full list of winners of the 2012 Glenfiddich ‘Spirit of Scotland Awards’ can be seen at:

http://www.glenfiddich.co.uk/news-events/glenfiddich-spirit-of-scotland-awards/index.html  

 

Julie @ ‘Celtic Connections 2013’:

If you have missed out on any recent Concert dates**, we are pleased to confirm that there will be several opportunities to see Julie performing during the World famous premier winter Music Festival that is ‘Celtic Connections 2013’.  The Festival, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary, starts on Thursday 17 January 2013 and runs through until Sunday 3 February 2013 and tickets for all concerts, workshops and events, have been on sale since the end of October.  
(**  As previously posted, Julie was honoured to be performing at this year’s Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) ‘A St Andrew’s Party’ at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Friday 30 November 2012; along with fellow Scottish traditional musicians, accordionist Phil Cunningham and fiddler Aly Bain, etc. 

This was an excellent night all round as reported in this 4 Star Review in The Herald newspaper yesterday (3 December):

 
 

Julie is to be involved in the following 3 Concerts @ Celtic Connections 2013:

 

The Opening Night 20th Celebration Concert – 17 January 2013:

To celebrate 20 years of Celtic Connections, this opening night Gala Concert (to be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 17 January 2013 in The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall) will see artists who have performed over the years, taking part in what will be a night not to be missed.  Julie will be joining artists such as Sheena Wellington, Eddi Reader, the newly re-formed Flook, Cara Dillon, Capercaillie, Chris Stout, Finlay MacDonald, Phil Cunningham, the Scottish Power Pipe Band and a specially-convened festival string ensemble helmed by Greg Lawson.

 

Showcase Concert at Celtic Connections to Celebrate 40 years of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO) – 19 January 2013:

As part of the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO) 40th Anniversary in 2013, Celtic Connections is to present a special ‘SMO 40th Anniversary Festival Concert’ as part of next year’s programme, in honour of Sabhal Mòr and the critical role it plays as the National Centre for the Gaelic Language, Culture and the Arts, and to pay tribute to and to celebrate the contribution which the institution has made to the cultural life of Scotland over these last forty years.

The concert will be held on Saturday 19th January at 7.30pm in the City Halls, Glasgow.

Julie is of course delighted to be included in the line-up for this special concert which brings together some of the most outstanding performers of their generations; all of whom have or have had very strong links with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig over the years; either as students, tutors, musicians in residence or those international artists who have played a major part in extending the reach of Sabhal Mòr as an international centre, through key partnerships.

Among the host of musical stars appearing along with Julie on the night will be Fergie MacDonald, Margaret Stewart, James Graham, Allan MacDonald, Decker Forrest, Mary Ann Kennedy and Dàimh.  The ‘house band’ will also be a veritable who’s who of top Scottish traditional musicians with Allan Henderson, Iain MacDonald, Angus Nicholson, Ingrid Henderson, Andrew MacPherson, Murdo Cameron and Alasdair White.

Julie said: “It’s an honour for me to be taking part in Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s 40th Anniversary Concert, and I’m looking forward to joining old and new friends from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on stage. My ties with the college have grown over the years, from when I first attended the college as a student in 2000 to a more recent post-graduate course which I completed last year. I am also happy to further strengthen those ties through my new Music Residency at heritage initiative, Tobar an Dualchais / Kist o Riches which is based at the college.”

To see the full Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Press Release about this special concert, visit: http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/en/naidheachdan/cuirm-chiuil-shonraichte-aig-celtic-connections

For more general details/information about Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, visit: http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk

 

Heidi Talbot – ‘Angels Without Wings’ – New Album Launch – 27 January 2013:

Julie is also delighted to be joining her good friend and fellow highly acclaimed singer-songwriter, Kildare-born Heidi Talbot (http://www.heiditalbot.com), for this special ‘Celtic Connections’ concert to officially launch Heidi’s new Album ‘Angels Without Wings’.  Accompanied by John McCusker, Ian Carr, Ewen Vernal, Phil Cunningham and Louis Abbott, this superb Concert will be held on Sunday 27 January 2013 (8.00pm) in the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow.

 

For full Programme details/information and how to book tickets, etc, for each of the above and indeed, all Celtic Connections 2013’ Concerts, please visit:http://www.celticconnections.com

 

BBC Radio 2 ‘Folk Awards 2013’ – Glasgow – Wednesday 30 January 2013:

In addition to the above listed 3 Concerts, Julie is delighted and honoured, to also once again, be co-presenting the BBC Radio 2 ‘Folk Awards 2013’.

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards is the annual awards ceremony that celebrates and rewards the best in folk music from the previous 12 months.  Hosted by Mark Radcliffe and our very own Julie Fowlis, the 2013 event will take place for the first time in Glasgow, as part of the Celtic Connections festival. The awards will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and will feature live performances from a number of both new and established folk artists.
 

Radio 2's Folk Awards is one of the jewels in the network's musical calendar, and is now in its fourteenth year. Previous ceremonies have featured live performances from artists including James Taylor, Nanci Griffith, Laura Marling, Bellowhead and Don McLean who was honored last year with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Once again this year, Radio 2 listeners and fans of Julie, etc, will be able to attend the event, which will be held in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday 30 January 2013 at 7.15pm.   Tickets, which went on sale at 8pm on Wednesday 21st November 2012 (as we previously posted) via the Celtic Connections online & telephone box offices:

http://celticconnections.com/Events/Pages/Event.aspx?ev=584&ty=Folk

 

**Special Note**:  Highly acclaimed fiddle player and member of Julie’s band, Duncan Chisholm (http://www.duncanchisholm.co.uk) has; we are delighted and proud to confirm; been nominated in the ‘Musician of the Year’ category.................

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yrkrj/features/folk-awards-2013-nominees






Nov 21 2012

“Julie Performing in Several Forthcoming Concerts; Including Switzerland, Germany, the RSNO St Andrew’s Party and Various Dates @ ‘Celtic Connections 2013’ - Including the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards!!”

Switzerland & Germany:

Julie is delighted to highlight several forthcoming Concert dates, including the previously posted dates in Switzerland (22 November) and Germany (23 & 24 November) – see ‘Tour Dates’ page for full details.  As Julie travels to central Europe, she is very much looking forward to seeing all fans at each of these gigs over the next three days.

 

The RSNO’s ‘A St Andrew’s Party’ Concert:

Julie is honoured to be performing at this year’s Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) St Andrew’s Party at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Friday 30 November 2012.

 

Julie will join fellow Scottish traditional musicians accordionist Phil Cunningham and fiddler Aly Bain on stage, along with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, all conducted by former RSNO Horn John Logan.

The evening’s set will see Julie performing a number of works, including Bothan Àirigh am Bràigh Raithneach (A sheiling on the Braes of Rannoch) and the track from the original promotional advert for the Disney-Pixar animated movie ‘Brave’, Tha mo ghaol air aird a chuain (My love is on the high seas).

 

Speaking earlier about the Concert, Julie said “My first appearance with the RSNO, in 2009, was an unforgettable experience, and I’m very much looking forward to being back at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with the Orchestra, performing alongside my good friends Phil and Aly. We have also invited notable musicians Duncan Chisholm and Tony Byrne to join us and together we are looking forward to another great night of collaborative music making with the RSNO.”

Tickets for the St Andrew’s Party with Phil and Aly (sponsored by Loganair) are available from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Box Office: Call 0141 353 8000 or go to http://www.glasgowconcerthalls.com  
 For more information log on to http://www.rsno.org.uk

 

Julie @ ‘Celtic Connections 2013’:

If you miss out on any of the above mentioned Concert dates, we are pleased to confirm that there will be several opportunities to see Julie performing during the World famous premier winter Music Festival that is ‘Celtic Connections 2013’.  The Festival, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary, starts on Thursday 17 January 2013 and runs through until Sunday 3 February 2013 and tickets for all concerts, workshops and events, have been on sale since the end of October.  

Julie is to be involved in the following Concerts:

 

The Opening Night 20th Celebration Concert – 17 January 2013:

To celebrate 20 years of Celtic Connections, this opening night Gala Concert (to be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 17 January 2013 in The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall) will see artists who have performed over the years, taking part in what will be a night not to be missed.  Julie will be joining artists such as Sheena Wellington, Eddi Reader, the newly re-formed Flook, Cara Dillon, Capercaillie, Chris Stout, Finlay MacDonald, Phil Cunningham, the Scottish Power Pipe Band and a specially-convened festival string ensemble helmed by Greg Lawson.

 

Showcase Concert at Celtic Connections to Celebrate 40 years of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO) – 19 January 2013:

As part of the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO) 40th Anniversary in 2013, Celtic Connections is to present a special ‘SMO 40th Anniversary Festival Concert’ as part of next year’s programme, in honour of Sabhal Mòr and the critical role it plays as the National Centre for the Gaelic Language, Culture and the Arts, and to pay tribute to and to celebrate the contribution which the institution has made to the cultural life of Scotland over these last forty years.

The concert will be held on Saturday 19th January at 7.30pm in the City Halls, Glasgow.

Julie is of course delighted to be included in the line-up for this special concert which brings together some of the most outstanding performers of their generations; all of whom have or have had very strong links with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig over the years; either as students, tutors, musicians in residence or those international artists who have played a major part in extending the reach of Sabhal Mòr as an international centre, through key partnerships.

Among the host of musical stars appearing along with Julie on the night will be Fergie MacDonald, Margaret Stewart, James Graham, Allan MacDonald, Decker Forrest, Mary Ann Kennedy and Dàimh.  The ‘house band’ will also be a veritable who’s who of top Scottish traditional musicians with Allan Henderson, Iain MacDonald, Angus Nicholson, Ingrid Henderson, Andrew MacPherson, Murdo Cameron and Alasdair White.

Julie said “It’s an honour for me to be taking part in Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s 40th Anniversary Concert, and I’m looking forward to joining old and new friends from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on stage. My ties with the college have grown over the years, from when I first attended the college as a student in 2000 to a more recent post-graduate course which I completed last year. I am also happy to further strengthen those ties through my new Music Residency at heritage initiative, Tobar an Dualchais / Kist o Riches which is based at the college.”

To see the full Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Press Release about this special concert, visit: http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/en/naidheachdan/cuirm-chiuil-shonraichte-aig-celtic-connections

For more general details/information about Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, visit: http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk

 

Heidi Talbot – ‘Angels Without Wings’ – New Album Launch – 27 January 2013:

Julie is also delighted to be joining her good friend and fellow highly acclaimed singer-songwriter, Kildare-born Heidi Talbot (http://www.heiditalbot.com), for this special ‘Celtic Connections’ concert to officially launch Heidi’s new Album ‘Angels Without Wings’.  Accompanied by John McCusker, Ian Carr, Ewen Vernal, Phil Cunningham and Louis Abbott, this superb Concert will be held on Sunday 27 January 2013 (8.00pm) in the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow.

 

For full Programme details/information and how to book tickets, etc, for each of the above and indeed, all Celtic Connections 2013’ Concerts, please visit: http://www.celticconnections.com
 
 
STOP PRESS……..STOP PRESS………STOP PRESS……..STOP PRESS
 
BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS 2013
 
The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards is the annual awards ceremony that celebrates and rewards the best in folk music from the previous 12 months.
 
Hosted by Mark Radcliffe and our very own Julie Fowlis, the 2013 event will take place for the first time in Glasgow, as part of the Celtic Connections festival. The awards will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and will feature live performances from a number of both new and established folk artists.
 
Radio 2's Folk Awards is one of the jewels in the network's musical calendar, and is now in its fourteenth year. Previous ceremonies have featured live performances from artists including James Taylor, Nanci Griffith, Laura Marling, Bellowhead and Don McLean who was honored last year with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
 

Once again this year, Radio 2 listeners and fans of Julie, etc, will be able to attend the event, which will be held in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday 30 January 2013 at 7.15pm.   Tickets went on sale at 8pm tonight (Wednesday 21st November 2012) via the Celtic Connections online & tel box offices:

http://celticconnections.com/Events/Pages/Event.aspx?ev=584&ty=Folk

 

**Special Note**:  Highly acclaimed fiddle player and member of Julie’s band, Duncan Chisholm (http://www.duncanchisholm.co.uk) has, we are delighted and proud to confirm, just been nominated for 2 Awards; namely ‘Musician of the Year’ and for 'Best Traditional Track' for 'Unknown Air' (Track 8 on his recently released new Album 'Affric' - the third in his superb Strathglass Trilogy).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






Nov 05 2012

“Julie’s Special Performance with Nicola Benedetti at the 2012 Ryder Cup Closing Ceremony – Video Now Available to View!!”

As many of you will already know, Julie and renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti (http://www.nicolabenedetti.co.uk) teamed up during the official Closing Ceremony of the historic 2012 Ryder Cup, for what was undoubtedly, one of the most exciting pairings at the Medinah Country Club near Chicago on 30 September.  

Julie (accompanied by Donald Shaw, John Doyle, Duncan Chisholm and her husband and fellow musician, Éamon Doorley) along with Nicola,  performed a brand new collaboration of traditional Gaelic material; accompanying a film showcasing the very best of Scotland; to an estimated TV audience of some 500 million Worldwide.   This important part of the Closing Ceremony, officially recognised Scotland as the Host Nation of The Ryder Cup, which will take place at The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire in September 2014.  

You can now view the video of Julie’s special performance and arrangement of her song 'Puirt-a-beul' (from her second highly acclaimed studio Album 'Cuilidh' (Track 5)) either by visiting her YouTube Channel or from the following link:

 

****Julie also Nominated for Glenfiddich – Spirit of Scotland Awards 2012****

Julie is delighted to have been nominated for the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards 2012. You can find out more about the Awards, the other nominees (including Nicola Benedetti) and how to vote, etc, from the following link :- 

http://www.glenfiddich.co.uk/news-events/glenfiddich-spirit-of-scotland-awards/music.html

 






Julie with the brilliant Québécois quartet 'Le Vent du Nord' perform “Noces Tragique”.

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Julie Fowlis performing Hè Gràdh Hò Gràdh’ on BBC's Transatlantic Sessions

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Tour Dates

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PARIS, FRANCE
Grande salle Pierre Boulez, Philharmonie de Paris, 221, avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France **SOLD OUT**

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