Julie Fowlis

Genres: Folk World
Decades: 2000s


North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. This Scottish singer and multi-instrumentalist emerged in the early 00s as one of the stars of the new Gaelic folk scene. Fowlis was raised in North Uist in the Western Isles and was involved in traditional piping, singing and dancing from an early age, before going on to study music at university. In 2000, Fowlis joined Gaelic folk band Dòchas where her previously untapped vocal talents were given free rein. Dòchas established a high media profile within the Scottish and Irish folk scenes for their energetic interpretations of traditional material, leading to several awards and strong reviews for the albums Dòchas (2002) and An Darna Umhail (2005). While still active as a member of the band, Fowlis launched a solo career in 2005 with her debut Mar A Tha Mo Chridhe (As My Heart Is). Drawing on traditional material she learnt on Uist as a child, the album was a formidable showcase for both Fowlis’...

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