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More delightful music from Uist,
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Julie Fowlis is rapidly emerging as Britain's finest folk singer. She possesses a lovely sweet clear voice, picks great songs and along with hubby, Eamon Doorly, shows great sensitivity and musicality in arranging these songs. This time round (her 3rd release) Fowlis relies mainly on her own backing band, with Doorly's rich bouzouki tone very prominent. Song selection is satisfyingly varied. Fowlis is one of the few female folk artists who consistently sources good up-tempo material. She again shines on tin whistle on a few tracks and instrumental passages are again extensive and beautifully played.
Fowlis sings exclusively in Scots Gaelic and where she does a bilingual number here she has wisely gone for the gorgeous vocals of fellow Scot - Eddi Reader on "Wind and Rain". If this song doesn't enchant you nothing will! Fowlis cleverly uses a number of female backing singers and the album benefits from having contrasting voices providing backing.
I still regard "Cuilidh" as a finer album as 2 of the tracks here don't work for me - "Thig am Bata", which is overly repetitive, and the penultimate " A Mhic Dhugaill" where I don't think the Scottish bagpipes are the best instrument to accompany Julie's vocal. But otherwise this is another magnificent recording and well worth the five stars!