Julie Fowlis won my heart the moment she opened her mouth to sing. She sings in Scottish Gaelic and it is simply beautiful. Fowlis grew up on North Uist, an island in the Outer Hebrides, in a Gaelic-speaking community. Fowl is has been involved in singing, piping and dancing since she was a child. She attended the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and studied the oboe and the English horn, earning a B.A. in Applied Music in 2000. Afterwards she attended the Gaelic-language college Sabha I M0r Ostaig on the Isle of Skye to improve her Gaelic and formally study traditional Scottish music.
She released her first solo album Mar a Tha Mo Chridhe (As My Heart Is) in 2005. The album instantly gained her worldwide acclaim. Her future husband Eamonn Doorley played bouzouki on seven of the tracks. Her second solo album Cuilidh was released in 2007, becoming a worldwide top-seller in the Traditional and World Music charts. The album is a collection of songs from her native North Uist home. My favorite Fowl is song, Hllg Air A’ Bhonaid Mh0ir is on that album. In 2012, Fowlis contributed to the Pixar film Brave with the songs “Touch the Sky” and “Into the Open Air”, sung in the off-screen musical thoughts of the lead character Merida. Her fourth studio album, Gach Sgeul (Every Story), was released in 2014. All of Fowlis’s albums including Dual have been released on the Machair Records label which is operated by Fowl is and her husband Eamon Doorley
In addition to her music career, Julie is notable for her broadcasting career with the BBC for several traditional music related programs.
As a side note, I first met Julie in Dallas, Texas. Years later, while I was on a musical tour of Ireland I ran into her by accident and was fortunate enough to be interviewed for a documentary about her music. I still have never seen the film.
The video below is of Bothan Airigh am Braigh Raithneach recorded for the BBC Transatlantic Sessions.