The Air Of The Hebrides

Transatlantic Sessions – S03E04 Oganaich Uir A Rinn M’fhagail ‘Spinning Song’ (O Noble Youth Who Has Left Me)
Julie Fowlis with Donal Lunny & Bruce Molsky

Today’s feature takes us to the enchanting music of Julie Fowlis. Julie is a native of Uist in the Hebrides and she grew up listening to traditional tunes. She is also blessed with a beautiful voice plus the talent with different instruments especially the pipes.

What made Julie appealing to me is her way of adding shine to the old tunes. If you look at her interviews, you can tell that this woman is possessed not only with a great sense of humor but a sense of mission as well. She does it so passionately that at such an early age she is already regarded as one of the stalwarts in the business.

This woman smiles so easily but when she plays or sings there is that rapt concentration that is so intense it is almost like laser. Her repertoire is composed of lively as well as laid back traditional songs but never loosing that perky sense. Julie’s music is for those who love the beauty of spare arrangements but dynamic tempos that hearing her sing in a fast Puirt a Buil makes you think of butterfly wings fluttering from flower to flower.

Julie will always make me think about the beauty of Scotland and the Hebrides which will make a nice tourist destination if you want to recreate the sense of wonder that her singing brings to our hearts.


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Track listing

  1. “Nuair Bhios Mi Leam Fhin” – 3:45
  2. “The Farley Bridge” – 2:22
  3. “Lorient Mornings” – 2:39
  4. “Farewell to Uist” – 4:40
  5. “Mallai Chroch Shli” – 5:56
  6. “The Hill of the High Byre” – 5:24
  7. “A’ Mhairead Og” – 3:39
  8. “250 to Vigo” – 3:15
  9. “The 303” – 4:30
  10. “Alasdair’s Tune” – 4:35


Klee Radio From Cape Breton

Wow they are playing the new album by Rachel Davis here. They play old and new Celtic stuff. Come and listen!


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