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Cuilidh Import

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Following On From 'Mar A Tha Mo Chridhe (As My Heart Is), her award-winning debut, Hebridean songstress Julie Fowlis is back with the brilliant follow-up 'Cuilidh' - a Gaelic noun (pronounced Kool-ee) meaning a treasury or secret hiding place for precious things. As ever the songs and tunes are shrouded in the historical folklore of her native North Uist in the Western Isles of Scotland. Fowlis' beautiful voice, coupled with an all-star crew - including Eamon Doorley (Danu), John McCusker (Kate Rusby), Chris Thile (Nickel Creek), Mark Kelly (Altan), John Doyle (Solas) and Donald Shaw (Capercaillie) - all combine to create another spellbinding selection of traditional material gathered by Julie from the tradition-bearers of her homeland. Cuilidh promises to push Fowlis, and the Gaelic culture she represents, way beyond the wild shores of the Outer Hebrides.

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"...the concision of the poetic language is equaled by Fowlis's blitzkrieg delivery." -- Boston Phoenix

"Even though most listeners probably don't know precisely what she's singing about, Ms. Fowlis's folk songs are still bright and beguiling: she aptly employs that age-old communicator, emotion." -- NY Times

"Julie Fowlis is the gentlest of revolutionaries." -- Boston Globe

"Julie Fowlis sings traditional Scottish Gaelic songs from the Hebrides Islands in a tender, winsome voice...transforming cryptic, half-forgotten folkloric material into a living, breathing source of enchantment." - -- Time Out NY

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hug Air A Bhonald Mhoir
  2. Mo Ghruagach Dhonn
  3. T-Aparan Goirid 'S A T-Aparan Ur: Oran Do Sheasaidh Bhalle Raghnaill
  4. Ille Dhuinn, 'S Toigh Leam Thu
  5. Puirt-A-Beul Set/'S Toigh Leam Fhin Buntata 'S Im/Tha Fionnlagh Ag Innearadh/Hug
  6. Set Of Jigs
  7. Mo Dhomhnallan Fhein
  8. Turas San Lochmor
  9. Oran Nan Raiders
  10. Bodaich Odhar Hoghaigearraidh
  11. Mo Bheannachd Dhan Bhaillidh Ur
  12. Aoidh, Na Dean Cadal Idir


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 19, 2008)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spit & Polish/Shoeshine Records
  • ASIN: B000NA2PRS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Well, I'm going to add my voice to the chorus.

As I write, there are no musical samples available on Amazon; but I saw the glowing reviews. Then I read that Julie was Eamonn Doorley's fiancée, and I thought, OK, he probably plays on her album: I'll take a chance.

I couldn't be more happy. Her voice is glorious. The other musicians read like a cross-section of all that's best in folk music, but the accompaniments never overwhelm or compete with the vocals, as they sometimes did with (for instance) Sólas. The arrangements, in which I can definitely detect the John McCusker touch, are wonderful, and both the original lyrics and translations are provided. The recording is crystal clear.

Try this for a first approximation. Imagine Kate Rusby singing in Gaelic, with John McCusker and Danú backing her. If you think you would like the result, than this album is for you.

The total time is 43'06".
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Ms Fowlis is a great new voice that I hope will find her way to more American homes and on the Celtic music circut here in the US. Her voice is a wonderful representation of the Scottish Gaelic culture that has been missing in the market of late. Any of her CDS should belong in a serious Celtic music collectors library. While recently in Scotland we watched a documentary about her and her band and were impressed with her poise and love of not only the music but the culture of Scotttish Islands. She is truly a welcome ambassador for the Scottish Gaelic Community.
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After hearing clips of the tracks from one of the 'Celtic Women' CDs, I felt as though I was listening to ready-made elevator music. In brilliant contrast, Julie Fowlis' new CD, especially the track "Hùg Air A' Bhonaid Mhòir", is a refreshing and a more true reflection of the wild Highlands and Islands of Scotland....kinda like Celtic music in the raw.
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A sweet Celtic set, with gorgeous songs from the Hebrides Islands in Western Scotland... Fowlis has a fine voice, perhaps not as earthy as some Hebridean traditionalists, but direct and full of feeling, sounding particularly lovely when singing in Gaelic. She works through a variety of styles -- fiddle tunes, a capella ballads, bouncy, bouzouki-ed folk -- backed by an all-star cast of modern Celtic music's young guard, luminaries such as John McCusker (of Battlefield Band and Kate Rusby fame), John Doyle (of Solas), Chris Thile (of the American newgrass band, Nickel Creek) and stray members of Altan, Capercaillie and Danu. It all gels together quite nicely -- fans of traditional music will definitely want to check this out! (DJ Joe Sixpack)
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I first heard Julie Fowlis watching the Hogmanay broadcast for BBC Scotland in 2005. I was transfixed in front of the tv. I felt as if I'd finally discovered something I'd been looking for for years and simply hadn't realized. Her voice is exquisite. I love the sound of the instruments. Both of her two CDs are wonderful, but I believe I prefer Cuilidh. Some tracks that really stand out for me are Mo Ghruagach Dhonn, 'Ille Dhuinn, 's Toigh Leam Thu, Mo Dhòmhnallan Fhèin, Turas San Lochmor, Oran Nan Raiders, and Aoidh, Na Dèan Cadal Idir. Yeah, that's most of the CD, but in my defense it was too difficult to pick fewer tracks. This CD is wonderful, just wonderful.
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I heard Julie at a tourist information center on the isle of Skye and
instantly fell under her spell. Her voice is clear, soft and sweet.
The melodies are traditional and contemporary all at once. Accompanyments
are clean and perfectly tuned and balanced with her voice. After traveling
5 months through Europe this is my journey's 'find' and recommendation.
If you like mellow Celtic and soft folk with heart, Julie does them to perfection.
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I absolutely love this CD. Generally speaking very upbeat to listen to - a few slower ballads but all of them very nicely done. The mouth-music arrangements (as they should!) almost make your feet start dancing on their own! I don't speak Gaelic but that doesn't stop me from enjoying Julie's awesome voice & talent! I also appreciate the lyrics & translations in the CD jacket so I can know what the song's about. ;)
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I got this CD for my Mom for Christmas. Julie Fowlis, as unfortunate as her last name is, is a hellofa singer. In this cd, she sings in Gaelic. If you are not familiar with her, she did the songs on the Disney movie, "Brave." Cheers
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