Julie Fowlis' fourth studio album is surely her best yet. Gach Sgeul is a beautiful mixture of love songs and lullabies, fast and slow, tales of old and new, all of which are sung in Julie's native tongue. Danns' A Luideagan Odhar, Smeorach Chlann Domhnaill, Cadal Ciarach Mo Luran, Ribinnean Riomhach and Siud Thu 'Ille Ruiadh Ghallain are the best examples of this lovely musical tapestry. There is music to suit all moods on this album. Julie once again proves that music speaks to the heart.
Darn you, Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas, for costing me yet more money! There was some delicious Gaelic singing from Julie and Karen Matheson on the latest, and so when I saw this, I just had to have it. And I'm glad - pleasantly sung, pleasantly played, and it somehow doesn't matter that I can't understand a blind word of what she's saying!
I bought this in preparation for seeing Julie Fowlis in concert this year as artists usually play a lot of material from their latest album. Both the concert and the album were excellent. Some of the best new music I have heard for years. I found some of the songs needed a few listens to get them - but these turned out to be my favourites. It is remarkable that almost 10 years into her recording career, Julie and her husband Éamonn Doorley are still creating music this fresh and original. Lets hope they continue.
The fourth solo release by Julie Fowlis is a real treasure. She has never sounded better and the beautiful arrangements and production of Gach Sgeul makes this possibly her best album so far. The opening track A Ghaoil, Leig Dhachaigh Gum Mhathair Mi is a lovely introduction. The musicians added to her already steller band are among the best anywhere and the playing is flawless throughout. Do Chalum is the track that stands out for me but every track is such quality. A geniune classic from a golden voice.
Sublime. Reminds me of Sissel a bit. Doesn't matter if you don't understand the language. When Enya sings in Irish or Sissel in Norwegian it just makes their voices sound all the more magical and that is what I found with this album. A big thank you to Nicola Benedetti for getting Julie to guest on her latest album otherwise I may never have discovered her.
If you like the other music produced by Julie Fowlis, I would highly recommend this, her latest album. As with her other music, the combination of the interesting Gaelic songs with a stunning voice makes it a pleasure to listen to, and yet the album is unique in that it is different from the work that she has produced so far. It is well worth a listen.
Bought this in Lochmaddy, North Uist (well, a release on Machair Records ought to be bought near some machair - sorry, Amazon!) the other day, while it was playing in the background.
As others have commented, I cannot tell what the songs are about (yes, I know, I could read the translations in the liner notes...), but am content to listen to the voice as an instrument in its own right...And a fine instrument it is too!
This is just lovely and is even convincing the strange woman I live with that there is some merit to Scottish traditional music (it's only taken me 25 years to get to this point, so thank you Julie Fowlis).
So, if this album can do that I am struggling to think of higher praise.
This is my first experience of Julie Fowlis and I am not disappointed. Her voice is excellent and entirely in keeping with her chosen genre. The songs are all Scottish gaelic folksongs and it matters not that I don't understand a word. The sound and the melody of the backing with Julie's own voice make it a really pleasant and relaxing listen. I am sure I will add more to my collection in future.
Discovered Julie Fowlis back in 2007, and have collected her work since then. She gathers a small number of superb musicians, whose expertise melds beautifully with the purity of her vocals. I think this album, in its content, arrangement and production, is possibly her best one so far! The more I listen to this album, the more it seems that some higher power devised the Gaelic language especially for Julie's voice!