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Julie Fowlis (born 1979) is a Scottishmarker folk singer and multi-instrumentalist who sings primarily in Scottish Gaelic.

Biography

Musical Career

Fowlis grew up in North Uistmarker, a small island in the Outer Hebridesmarker, in a Gaelic-speaking community, and has been involved in singing, piping and dancing since she was a child.

She is a member of the Scottish sextet, Dòchas, who were voted winners of Best Newcomer award at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2004, where Fowlis herself was nominated for the Best Gaelic Singer award. In 2005, Fowlis released her first solo album Mar a Tha Mo Chridhe (As My Heart Is). The album was produced by Iain MacDonald and Fowlis and instantly gained her worldwide acclaim. It was the busiest year until then in her career, with the release a new album with Dòchas as well. Fowlis has travelled worldwide with the group and as a solo artist with her own live band.

Her second solo album Cuilidh was released in March 2007, becoming a worldwide top-seller in the Traditional and World Music charts. Her album is a collection of songs from her native North Uistmarker home. Her husband, Éamon Doorley plays fiddle on the album and is a member of Irish traditional group Danú.

Fowlis performing live, 2007
Fowlis won the Horizon award at the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, won Folk Singer of The Year at the 2008 awards and was nominated for the Folk Singer of the Year award at the 2007 awards. She appeared on Later With Jools Holland on BBC Two on May 25, 2007, and performed Hùg air Bhonaid Mhòir on the show. Notable fans of Fowlis include Björk, Ricky Gervais and Radiohead's Phil Selway.

In 2008, Julie recorded an album with long-time friends and collaborators Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Ross Martin and husband Éamonn Doorley. The album, entitled 'Dual' was released in October 2008, under Fowlis' 'Machair Records' and is available from the artists' official website stores. Fowlis also toured extensively around Scotland, Ireland, central Europe and America and launched both her solo albums while on tour. Fowlis recorded a version of the Beatles' 'Blackbird' for Mojo Magazine to celebrate the anniversary of The Beatles' 'The White Album'. The song, performed in Scottish Gaelic was released as a download single from Fowlis' own website in October 2008.

On 24 April 2009 through her online mailing list, Fowlis announced that she would begin recording her third studio album in May and that she would preview tracks from the project on her May 2009 tour of England. On 10 August 2009, she announced the album's title, Uam' (Scottish Gaelic for 'From Me').

Broadcasting Career

In 2008, following guest spots on the BBC Radio Scotland's flagship traditional music programme Travelling Folk and the world music show Global Gathering, Julie started presenting a regular Thursday night Folk music programme, Fowlis and Folk..

Discography

Solo recordings

Albums



Singles



With others

Dual



With Dòchas

  • Dòchas (2002)
  • An Darna Umhail (2005)
  • TBC (2009)


Guest roles & Misc recordings

  • Evolving Tradition 3 - Various artists (2003)
  • Best in Show - Various artists (2003)
  • Ceòlmhor Ostaig - Various artists (2004)
  • Braighe Loch Iall - Rachel Walker (2004)
  • When All is Said and Done - Danú (2005)
  • Orain nan Rosach - Fiona Mackenzie (2006)
  • Fáinne An Lae : Daybreak - Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (2006)
  • Òg-Mhadainn Shamhraidh - Kathleen MacInnes (2006)
  • Everything You See - Runrig (2007)
  • An Cailín Rua - Kathleen Boyle (2008)
  • Transatlantic Sessions 3 Vol. 1 (CD) - Various artists (2008)
  • Transatlantic Sessions 3 Vol. 2 (CD) - Various artists (2008)
  • Transatlantic Sessions 3 (DVD) - Various artists (2008)


Awards & Nominations

Awards won

  • BBC Radio 2 Folk Music Awards 2008 - Folk Singer Of The Year
  • Scots Trad Music Awards 2008 - Album Of The Year (Cuilidh)
  • Scots Trad Music Awards 2008 - Gaelic Singer Of The Year
  • Best Folk Band (Dòchas) Scots Trad Music Awards 2006
  • BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award 2006
  • Gaelic Singer of the Year Scots Trad Music Awards 2005
  • Best Up and Coming Artist (Dòchas) Scots Trad Music Awards 2004
  • Traditional Singer of the Year Pan Celtic Nations Festival 2003
  • La Trophe La Bolee de Corrigans – Festival Interceltique de Lorient, 2000


Nominations

  • BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2007
  • Gaelic Singer of the Year Scots Trad Music Awards 2004


References

  1. http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/review.cfm?id=297472007
  2. http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=61669776&blogID=372152342
  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/events/folkawards2007/nominations.shtml


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