- 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)
Cuilidh - 3 Disc Special Edition CD+DVD, Box set
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 !
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".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After hearing this CD in a Scottish pub, I wanted to have it at home too.
Especially nice as background music (since I cannot understand what she's saying), but in a whole a... Read more
Another great album from Julie. I can't keep repeating myself, just go and buy itPublished 9 months ago by Trevc
A friend had bought this and played it to me and I fell in love with the songs, her, her voice....so i just had to have it!Published 14 months ago by Wanda Dorff