Cuilidh

Cuilidh

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by Julie Fowlis
     
 

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It's good that Gaelic singing has a new poster girl in Julie Fowlis. The Scots-born vocalist from the tiny island of North Uist grew up with the language and traditional song, but she's expanded from that to thankfully include contemporary Gaelic songs from composers who are keeping the beauty of the language alive. That she's a captivating vocalist is immediately

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It's good that Gaelic singing has a new poster girl in Julie Fowlis. The Scots-born vocalist from the tiny island of North Uist grew up with the language and traditional song, but she's expanded from that to thankfully include contemporary Gaelic songs from composers who are keeping the beauty of the language alive. That she's a captivating vocalist is immediately apparent from the opening cut, a piece of puirt-a-buel, or mouth music, that was used by women to accompany communal work (she expands on this in the lovely "Puirt-A-Buel Set" later in the disc). She's at her best on the slower material that demonstrates the sheer beauty of her voice, like "Mo Ghuargach Dhonn." She's a mean whistle player, too, and has the chance to show her chops on "Set of Jigs." Lovely as the traditional material is, it's the modern songs that are the delight, carefully selected and lovingly presented -- easy to do with the fabulous cast of musicians playing on the album. It's a sign that Gaelic song is flourishing again after being largely ignored for far too long. With young artists like Fowlis in the vanguard, it's a very welcome return.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2007
Label:
Spit & Polish
UPC:
0823566420521
catalogNumber:
32

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julie Fowlis   Primary Artist,Vocals,Human Whistle,Melodeon
John Doyle   Bass,Guitar
Mark Kelly   Guitar
Iain MacDonald   Flute
James MacKintosh   Percussion
John McCusker   Fiddle,Viola
Donald Shaw   Piano,Accordion,Harmonium
Ewen Vernal   Bass
Michael McGoldrick   Flute,Human Whistle,uillean pipes
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Donnchadha Gough   Bodhran
Éamon Doorley   Bouzouki,Fiddle
Kathleen MacInnes   Background Vocals
Ross Martin   Guitar
Martin O'Neill   Bodhran

Technical Credits

John Doyle   Arranger
Trevor Hutchinson   Guitar Engineer
Mark Kelly   Arranger
Paul McGeechan   Engineer
Donald Shaw   Arranger
Joe MacDonald   English Translations
Michael McGoldrick   Whistle
Neil MacLeod   Composer
Peter Morrison   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Éamon Doorley   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Julie Fowlis   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production,Whistle
Margaret MacDonald   Composer
Ross Martin   Arranger
Finlay Morrison   Composer

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Cuilidh 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julie's voice is angelic. Although she sings the songs in Scots Gaelic (which I do not understand), the emotion comes through. The language is lovely, combined with her voice. I especially like the slower songs; they are lilting like lullabies. The faster pieces make me want to dance. (She does play a mean tin whistle, too, on the instrumental pieces). Truly a treat for those who love Celtic music. Check out her website: juliefowlis.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago