Julie Fowlis - Alterum

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(November 2017)

11 Tracks: A Phiuthrag's A Phiuthar (O Sister, Beloved Sister) * Camarinas * Fear A Bhrochain / Domhnall Binn (The Porridge Man / Sweet-Voiced Donald) * Dheirich Mi Moch, B'Fhearr Nach Do Dh Eirich(I arose early, would that I hadn't) * Go Your Way * Dh Eirich Mi Moch Madainn Cheòthar (I Arose Early On A Misty Morning) * Windward Away * Theid Mi Do Loch Alainn (I’ll Go To Lochaline) * Oran An Roin (Seal Song) * An Aghaidh Failte Na Mor-Thir (Response to Tailte Na Mor Thir)* Cearcall Mun Ghealaich (Circle About The Moon).

A stunning fifth studio album from the multi talented Julie Fowlis.

Julie who hails from North Uist in the Outer Hebrides is now based in the Highlands of Scotland.

She is a well established artist on the world stage, this album showcases her flawless vocals and boundless musicality.

One of her many gifts is adding a modern twist to a traditional song, always skilfully handled and stays true to the traditions that mean so much to her.

Well known as the singing voice of Merida, the female protagonist in the Disney-Pixar Oscar/Bafta/Golden Globe winning movie 'Brave'.

Musicians and singers:
Julie Fowlis (vocals, shruti box, ukulele, low whistle), Eamon Doorley (guitar-bouzouki, percussion,viola), Tony Byrne (guitar), Duncan Chisholm (fiddle), Donald Shaw (piano, harmonium), Ewen Vernal (double bass), Aoife Ní Bhriain (viola, harmonics,fiddle), Su-a Lee (cello), Michael McGoldrick (flute, high whistle), Donal Lunny (bodhran).

Guest vocals: Mary Chapin Carpenter. Gillebrìde MacMillan, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.

String Section:
Greg Lawson (violin), Fiona Stephen (violin), Kobus Frick (violin), Rhoslyn Lawton (viola), Su-a-Lee (cello).

"The concept behind ‘alterum’ appealed to me in its interpretation of being spiritual and otherworldly, in the context of interpreting loss and where it goes. My own work is steeped in tradition and historical reference, specific to the Highlands with a leaning to many beliefs and cultures, and therefore locations were identified which were both of the sea and the land, the two most contrasting elements we exist in, featuring horizons separating expansive skies and dark brooding waters, in addition, feathers were introduced depicting journey, transition in this case, Owl feathers silent in flight, of the night, the dark a place of mysticism and intrigue, we used them in a headdress, a link to a more ancient association." Julie Fowlis.

"The irresistible allure of Gaelic song presents itself in many forms, but when that enchantment comes through the voice of Julie Fowlis, there are few who fail to fall under the spell. The title of Julie’s fifth studio album, alterum suggests change – a moving forward; perhaps a surprising choice, given that for over ten years the career of this gifted North Uist singer, musician and broadcaster has been a constant moving forward." Neil McFadyen fruk.

"Fowlis's ascent to international stardom, putting Gaelic folk on the world music map, is evidence that a sublime voice transcends language and culture." The Guardian.

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