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zaterdag 23 september 2017

Julie Fowlis: Naidheachd / News 

Newsletter September 2017

Dear friends, 

I hope this finds you well!  I am embracing the Autumn Equinox and feel like a new chapter is beginning on lots of fronts.   Here is the news as it stands today…

  1. 'alterum' - new album
  2. New Irish/Scottish Gaelic composition project
  3. US tour 2017

1) New album

Finally - the new album 'alterum' is here.  It will be released worldwide on October 27th, and will be available on both CD and vinyl.  The title comes from a Latin quote:

'alterum orbem terrarum eam appellant' 
'they call it the other world'
Gaius Plinius Secundus (Pliny the Elder AD 23 – AD 79) 

The album originally started life as an album exploring songs of the Gaelic 'otherworld' (mythology, mystery, supernatural) but which eventually evolved around the idea of 'other worlds'.  When I first started singing professionally, Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio) said that my songs were like 'beautiful messages from another world'.  It struck me as unusual that songs which have been sung in a language which has been spoken for over a thousand years in Scotland, can sound so exotic, even foreign, here at home.  It got me thinking about the various worlds we inhabit, day to day, linguistically, culturally, socially, and how we move between them.  This album celebrates the Gaelic tradition I am so proud to be a part of, but also reaches out to other languages and traditions.  This album is a collection of songs, carefully chosen, and delivered in three languages - Gaelic, English and Galician.

Engineered by legendary musician Calum Malcolm and featuring special guests including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Donald Shaw, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Gillebride MacMillan, this has been the most enjoyable album I have recorded to date.

Pre-ordering is available directly from me at the website shop - and all CD pre-orders from http://www.juliefowlis.com/shop/ will be shipped two weeks in advance of the worldwide release.  Vinyl orders are due for shipment upon arrival at end October, and a limited number will be available signed.  ALL orders made before Sept 30th will be signed by Julie.

You can hear a snippet of it here: http://smarturl.it/alterum

We will be playing some select shows following the launch of the record in England and Scotland, here are the details - so far…!

SAT 04 NOV 2017
GATESHEAD, The Sage

The Sage 2, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR.
Ticket office: 0191 443 4661
http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/julie-fowlis/

SUN 05 NOV 2017
LONDON, Shakespeare's Globe

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT
http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/whats-on/sam-wanamaker-playhouse/julie-fowlis-2017

TUE 07 NOV 2017
MILTON KEYNES, The Stables

Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU
Box Office 01908 280800
https://stables.org/event/julie-fowlis

FRI 24 NOV 2017
PERTH, Perth Concert Hall

Gannochy Auditorium, Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ 
'Celtic Sessions' double bill with Session A9. 
http://www.horsecross.co.uk/whats-on/julie-fowlis-session-a9

WED 17 JAN 2018
LONDON, KINGS PLACE

Kings Place, Hall one, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.
Box Office on 020 7520 1490.
https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/music/julie-fowlis-0#.WcZxuNOGORs

THU 18 JAN 2018
SHOREHAM, Ropetackle Arts Centre

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5EG
Box Office 01273 464440
https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/events/julie-fowlis/

WED 24 JAN 2018
MANCHESTER, The Stoller Hall

The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA
https://thestollerhall.ticketsolve.com/shows/873581764

SUN 28 JAN 2018
INVERNESS, EDEN COURT THEATRE*

Eden Court Theatre, Bishops Rd, Inverness
https://www.eden-court.co.uk/
*Highland Album Launch

2) New Irish/Scottish Gaelic composition project

Earlier this year, my husband Éamon Doorley and I, along with two musical friends and collaborators were commissioned to write new music for Irish and Scottish Gaelic poetry, old and new.  We have been working with the incredibly talented Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre on this project, and performed the material for the first time last week at Scotland's National Centre for Gaelic, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.  Our second performance will be in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on October 3rd, and here are links for tickets:

https://www.nch.ie/Online/Tradition-Now-03Oct17

It's been hugely satisfying working within this new quartet and creating new music together.  Watch this space as there will be more to come I suspect…

 

3) US tour
It's that time of year again where we head off over the water to tour Stateside. This time with a new record!  So expect music from 'alterum' and music from the last ten years (and more...!). All dates and ticketing links are at:

http://www.juliefowlis.com/tour-dates/

And this year our touring schedule includes a stint in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colarado, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland and Ohio.  Come see us if you can!

FRI 06 OCT 2017
SPRINGFIELD, OH, USA

Clark State Community College
http://pac.clarkstate.edu

SUN 08 OCT 2017
CONCORD, NH, USA

Capitol Center - Concord
https://ccanh.com

MON 09 OCT 2017
CASTLETON, VT, USA

Fine Arts Center - Castleton University Castleton 
http://www.castleton.edu/arts/arts-facilities/

WED 11 OCT 2017
PROVO, UT, USA

Pardoe Theater - Brigham Young University Performing Arts Series
http://arts.byu.edu/event/julie-fowlis/

FRI 13 OCT 2017
LAKEWOOD, CO, USA 

Lakewood Cultural Center 
http://www.lakewood.org/CulturalCenter/

SUN 15 OCT 2017
PHEONIX, AZ, USA

MIM Music Theater - Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix* 
https://mim.org/mim-music-theater/

*Please note there will be two performances at 3.00pm and 7.00pm.

WED 18 OCT 2017
SANTA FE, NM, USA

Performance Santa Fe
https://tickets.ticketssantafe.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=4026

THU 19 OCT 2017
CLOVIS, NM, USA

Marshall Auditorium, Clovis
http://www.clovisarts.org

SAT 21 OCT 2017
GERMANTOWN, MD, USA 

BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown 
http://www.blackrockcenter.org/performance/

New shows are to be added to the website in the next three weeks - more exciting shows for January, and some European dates in 2018 also.

Thanks as ever for your support.  

Le deagh dhùrachdan, 

 

Julie x

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