Dec 01 2010

“Transatlantic Sessions - UK Tour”

After winning the 2010 Good Tradition title at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, then embarking on a first-ever UK tour, the Transatlantic Sessions settle back into their original live home, magically transforming the Concert Hall stage into the back porch of your dreams. The show's rapturous ovations up and down the country echoed the audience response every year at Celtic Connections, and the 2011 line-up is sure to be no exception.

As with the concerts' companion BBC TV series ľ also featuring Shetland fiddle icon Aly Bain and dobro deity Jerry Douglas as joint musical directors - the secret of their cumulative success is the dynamic between longtime stalwarts of the line-up and new or occasional contributors, balancing (often hilariously) relaxed familiarity with the revelatory potential of fresh encounters. The historic kinship of Old and New World traditions, which both programmes and performances set out to explore, continues to bear new 21st-century fruit, making the common ground mapped during these two nights one of today's richest musical territories.

While none of our guests are less than special, it's a particularly opportune juncture to welcome Ireland's tirelessly creative Paul Brady, who recently followed up 2009's re-release of his landmark LP Welcome Here Kind Stranger with a career-best collection of new originals, Hooba Dooba. Likewise Allison Moorer, who attained a similar distinction with 2010's soul-searching, stripped-down Crows. Transatlantic Sessions debutante Ashley Cleveland, accompanied by her guitarist husband Kenny Greenberg, is a triple Grammy-winning spiritual/gospel singer of extraordinary potency, while Julie Fowlis's vocal eloquence equally treasures and transcends her Gaelic heritage. US roots doyens Tim O'Brien and Cold Mountain star, Dirk Powell, once again grace the proceedings with their vocal and multi-instrumental prowess, flanked as ever by a crŔme-de-la-crŔme 'house band' including Phil Cunningham, John Doyle, Russ Barenberg, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, James Mackintosh and Donald Shaw.

Nov 03 2010

“UAM nominated for Album Of The Year.”

I am delighted that our album 'Uam' has been nominated for Album of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards! Chufty for all our friends who have been nominated also. Voting now open! Pass on the link :-)

Oct 26 2010

“Perthshire Amber, Salsa Celtica Tour & Celtic Connections”

Hi folks - a quick note about this Friday's sold out Perthshire Amber show, we have just been advised that you can watch the show live through Butterstone TV's live streamed broadcast.  All you have to do is register (to prove you're a real person - and not one of those lurking internet robots!) to view the show live.  Here is the link:

This will be the last Julie Fowlis full band gig until 2011.

Also - I am getting geared up for the Salsa Celtica tour starting next Wednesday in Gateshead.  It promises to be a very special 15th anniversary tour so make sure you get your tickets soon.  Booking details on our tour page here.

And Celtic Conections 2011 will be another busy festival - dates going up today here for all the shows I am (officially) involved in.  You never know what is going to happen at Celtic Connections or who you will end up on stage with!!  Hope to see you soon.

le meas, Julie xxx

Oct 02 2010

“Julie & Salsa Celtica”

Tha mi toilichte innse dhuibh gu bheil mi a' dol a-mach air cuairt an ath-mhios c˛mhla ri Salsa Celtica - aon de na c˛mhlain CŔilteach Ós fhŔarr 'san t-saoghal.  Tha iad air a bhith gu math soirbheachail thairis air an 15 bliadhna a dh' fhalbh agus tha iad a' comharrachadh an ceann-bliadhna seo le cuairt sh˛nraichte leis am 'Big Band' an ath-mhios ann an Alba agus Sassain.

I am delighted to be joining the dynamic Salsa Celtica Big Band for a tour next month.  It's gong to be a special five-date anniversary tour - marking 15 years on the road for the band.  Hope you can make it out to see a show on this one-off tour, let us know if you're coming!  It's going to be fun.

This is how Salsa Celtica have described their exciting upcoming tour:

'Celebrating over 15 eventful years on the road Salsa Celtica have put together the 15th Anniversary Big Band tour with guests including the new star of Gaelic song Julie Fowlis and melodeon virtuoso Dermot Byrne of Irish music legends Altan.'

"A stunning marriage of musical styles" The Scotsman
"Scene Stealers.." The Observer

Julie Fowlis
Julie Fowlis award winning Gaelic songstress, credited with re-inventing Gaelic music and song in the mainstream.
"Elegant, evocative, unearingly classy" - Mojo *****
"A voice as clear as sunlight after an Atlantic storm." - Independent

Dermot Byrne
World renowned accordionist Dermot Byrne was widely renowned as a prodigy on his instrument from childhood and a respected virtuoso by his teens. A native of Donegal, Byrne had music from his father and heard all the great Donegal fiddlers, the Doherty's, Cassidy', and Byrne's from his infancy. He is a member of the Irish folk legends Altan and has been a guest artist with everyone from Frankie Gavin to Dolly Parton and Stéphane Grappelli.

The Salsa Celtica 15th Anniversary Big Band  Tour 2010

3rd Nov
The Sage Gateshead,
St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays,
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 2JR
Box Office 0191 443 4661
4rd Nov
ABC, 300 Sauchiehall Street,
Glasgow, G2 3JA
tickets 0844 477 2000

5th Nov
Music Hall, Union Street,
Aberdeen, AB10 1QS
Box Office 01224 641122
6th Nov
Usher Hall, Lothian Road,
Edinburgh, EH1 2EA
Box Office 0131 228 1155
7th Nov
Eden Court Theatre, Bishops Road,
Inverness, IV3 5SA
Box Office 01463 234234

The Big Band musicians
Julie Fowlis guest lead vocal's / whistle Scotland
Ricardo Fernandez Pompa  leasd vocals / congas  Cuba
Jorge Eversley Goulbourne lead vocal Cuba
Toby Shippey  percussion / vox   Scotland
Eric Alfonso  timbale  Cuba
Simon Gall  piano / vox Scotland
Javier Fioramonti bass / vox Argentina                                          
Dermot Byrne accordion / melodion Ireland
Jarlath Henderson uilleann pipes NI
Fraser Fifield pipes / whistles Scotland
Eamonn Coyne banjo Ireland
Matheu Watson fiddle / guitar Scotland
Megan Henderson fiddle / vox Scotland
Paul Jayasinha trumpet  England
Phil O'Malley  trombone  Scotland
Sue McKenzie sax  Scotland
Steve Kettley sax England

Aug 28 2010

“Piping Live! air BBC ALBA”

Julie Fowlis a' lýbhreagadh cuirm ch¨il bho fŔis Piping Live. P˛sadh de che˛l chlasaigeach agus de phýosan ci¨il bho'n phiobaire chli¨teach, Duncan Johnstone.

Julie Fowlis presents a special concert from the Piping Live music festival. A blend of classical music and the work of piping icon Duncan Johnstone reveals a poignant story.

Tonight at 9pm on BBC ALBA  SKY channel 168

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

Gach sgeul, the new album, OUT NOW

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


Tour Dates

25th Feb
Grande salle Pierre Boulez, Philharmonie de Paris, 221, avenue Jean-JaurŔs, 75019 Paris, France **SOLD OUT**

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