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Cuilidh - 3 Disc Special Edition CD+DVD, Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Special Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set
  • Label: Spit & Polish
  • ASIN: B001JGB1UM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hug Air A Bhonald Mhoir
  2. Mo Ghruagach Dhonn
  3. A 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
  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

Disc: 2

  1. Lon-dubh / Blackbird
  2. Òganaich Ùir A Rinn m’ Fhàgail
  3. Mo Bheannachd Dhan Bhaillidh ùr
  4. Turas San Lochmor
  5. The Thatcher/Peter Byrne's/The Soup Dragon/Mo Chuachag 's Laghach Thu
  6. Biodh An Deoch Seo 'n Làimh Mo Rùin

Disc: 3

  1. DVD: A 7 minute documentary filmed in the Outer Hebrides on North and South Uist tracing Julie’s upbringing and musical roots. Includes unreleased live footage and interviews with Julie.

Product Description

Product Description

This special edition box set includes 'Cuilidh', a second disc that features her extraordinary new single, a Gaelic version of The Beatles' 'Blackbird' ('Lon-dubh'), along with five previously unreleased live tracks from Celtic Connections 2008 and a DVD documentary filmed in North and South Uist tracing Julie's upbringing and musical roots. The DVD includes unreleased live footage and interviews with Julie.

About the Artist

Since the release of her second album, the astonishing 'Cuilidh', Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis has enchanted audiences and critics alike from her home in the Outer Hebrides to all corners of the world, winning accolades such as the BBC Folk Awards 'Singer of the Year' and appearing on Later With Jools Holland and just about every show on BBC Radio 2.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
This is Julie's second album and is even more charming and wonderful than the first, with more rounded arrangements and wonderful backing from the likes of John McCusker and Michael McGoldrick. Yes all the lyrics are in Gaellic, and no I don't speak it, but I am won over by Julie's beautiful clear voice and by the homely charm of it all. Pop/rock it is not, you could call it Gaellic folk - the tunes are from her home of North Uist (Outer Hebrides), but that would be condemning it to the few wheraes Julie deserves to be heard by anyone who loves simple beautiful songs sang in a heartfelt and sincere manner. Check out the translated lyrics - Julie sings like her heart is breaking then you find the song is about a farmer spreading manure! - it all adds to the old world charm. In somes ways she's like a Scottish Kate Rusby - certainly the John McCusker fiddling underpinning some of the arrangements gives it a similar sound, and the songs are sometimes about girls pining for sailors gone off to sea (very Kate). Very relaxing and life affirming.
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I also own Mar a Tha Mo Chridhe and it too is an excellent album. Julie Fowlis is a truly exceptional singer, having a voice that seems magical, with a clear, beautiful and pure tone - always a perfect fit for the engaging acoustic accompaniment of the fine supporting musicians. In that sense Julie Fowlis has made such a well-balanced album, endlessly listenable, engaging and overflowing with the clarity and emotion of her voice. On the basis of her recordings I saw her sing live on her 2007 tour with her band, including her man Éamon Doorley of Danú fame, and what a fine treat it was. Highly recommended. If you have any doubts then listen to the tracks within Julie's myspace.com site and be convinced.
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Shame on me but Julie Fowlis is a new name in my collection. However I know most of the musicians on the album and it is to Julie's credit that she's not overpowered or intimidated by such company. Shades of Clannad, Altan and Capercailie. The songs (all in Scots gaelic) are delivered in her lovely clear, warm voice - coping with a variety of themes and tempos effortlessly. Even better, these are unfamiliar songs, sung with feeling, arranged with restraint and subtlety and unadorned by intrusive "modern" influences or unnecessary gimmicks. You can just let the album flow over you and relax like you're on holiday in the Highlands. No new directions here then, just friendly, charming, reassuring surroundings. Encore.
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I must add my voice to the eloquent reviews already posted. Julie Fowlis is quite enchanting and the songs of her native Hebrides are of staggering high quality. She has a lovely unforced voice and, in addition, is an instrumentalist of no mean quality. This recording even betters her debut disc from 2005.

Scots Gaelic is marvellously expressive, being very rhythmic (check out the skipping mouth music sets introduced to a wider audience some years ago by Karen Matheson, but now elevated to a higher level by Fowlis) but it's inflections can also sound in turn mysterious, soft or aggressive. Song selection here is broad - ranging giving an enlightening overview of life in the Western Isles.

This disc has only one instrumental (3 on her debut CD) but her songs now feature more musical breaks and there is another list of stellar players (McGoldrick, McCusker, Doyle etc.) adding colour to these songs. Arrangements are mainly by Fowlis and Danu's Eamonn Doorly and this is a real "Trans-Atlantic Session" with parts recorded in the US (Chris Thile's wonderful mandolin playing) as well as in Ireland and Scotland.

This production features more harmony than last time (both male and female), and fellow Gaelic singer Kathleen McInnes (don't miss her solo album) features on a couple of tracks. If you want to sample this album as a complete novice try the opening track or track 10 - both guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Julie repeats the practice of singing the final track unaccompanied and again does it wonderfully.

This is pure Hebridean Gold and it appears the seams are endless. All her 3 albums are glittering examples of how strong Scots traditional folk is, and the country is blessed with excellent female vocalists when you add Karine Polwart, Emily Smith and Eddi Reader to the above mentioned lasses. Order immediately !
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By Paul Magnussen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Aug. 2007
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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 Eamon 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, then this album is for you.

The total time is 43'06".
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