Thursday, December 17, 2009

Julie Fowlis - Uam

Daily Telegraph
The wondrous Western Isles singer stays loyal to the yearning beauty of her Scots Gaelic heritage but, surrounded by virtuoso instrumentalists who recall some of the great Celtic bands of old, this is her most complete album, highlighted by stirring duets with Mary Smith and an Anglo-Gaelic masterclass with former Fairground Attraction singer Eddi Reader.

She may have made it on to the Radio 2 playlist with her Gaelic treatment of the Beatles' Blackbird, but there are no such novelties here. The songs are from the Hebrides, Perthshire, or North Uist, where she grew up, and range from gentle and exquisite ballads such as A Chatrion' Og to slinky, rhythmic songs traditionally sung by tweed workers.


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