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Featured Artist: Julie Fowlis
A stunning fifth studio album from the multi talented Julie Fowlis.

Julie who hails from North Uist in the Outer Hebrides is now based in the Highlands of Scotland.

She is a well established artist on the world stage, this album showcases her flawless vocals and boundless musicality.
One of her many gifts is adding a modern twist to a traditional song, always skilfully handled and stays true to the traditions that mean so much to her.

Well known as the singing voice of Merida, the female protagonist in the Disney-Pixar Oscar/Bafta/Golden Globe winning movie 'Brave'.

Musicians and singers:
Julie Fowlis (vocals, shruti box, ukulele, low whistle), Eamon Doorley (guitar-bouzouki, percussion,viola), Tony Byrne (guitar), Duncan Chisholm (fiddle), Donald Shaw (piano, harmonium), Ewen Vernal (double bass), Aoife Ní Bhriain (viola, harmonics,fiddle), Su-a Lee (cello), Michael McGoldrick (flute, high whistle), Donal Lunny (bodhran).

Guest vocals: Mary Chapin Carpenter. Gillebrìde MacMillan, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.

String Section:
Greg Lawson (violin), Fiona Stephen (violin), Kobus Frick (violin), Rhoslyn Lawton (viola), Su-a-Lee (cello).

"The concept behind ‘alterum’ appealed to me in its interpretation of being spiritual and otherworldly, in the context of interpreting loss and where it goes. My own work is steeped in tradition and historical reference, specific to the Highlands with a leaning to many beliefs and cultures, and therefore locations were identified which were both of the sea and the land, the two most contrasting elements we exist in, featuring horizons separating expansive skies and dark brooding waters, in addition, feathers were introduced depicting journey, transition in this case, Owl feathers silent in flight, of the night, the dark a place of mysticism and intrigue, we used them in a headdress, a link to a more ancient association." Julie Fowlis.

"The irresistible allure of Gaelic song presents itself in many forms, but when that enchantment comes through the voice of Julie Fowlis, there are few who fail to fall under the spell. The title of Julie’s fifth studio album, alterum suggests change – a moving forward; perhaps a surprising choice, given that for over ten years the career of this gifted North Uist singer, musician and broadcaster has been a constant moving forward." Neil McFadyen fruk.

"Fowlis's ascent to international stardom, putting Gaelic folk on the world music map, is evidence that a sublime voice transcends language and culture." The Guardian.
Tour Dates:
  • 24th November 2017 - PERTH, Perth Concert Hall, 7.30pm.
  • 17th January 2018 - LONDON, Kings Place - Hall 1- 7.30 ('Celtic Sessions' double bill with Session A9).
  • 18th January 2018 - SHOREHAM, Ropetackle Arts Centre - 8.00pm.
  • 20th January 2018 - GLASGOW, Celtic Connections, City Halls,  8.00pm (Also featuring Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh).
  • 24th January 2018 - MANCHESTER, The Stoller Hall -7.45pm.
  • 25th January 2018 - KENDAL, The Brewery Arts Centre - 7.30pm (tbc).
  • 26th January 2018 - GLASGOW, Celtic Connections, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - 7.30pm Òrain nan Gàidheal: Songs of the Gael featuring the BBC SSO & Special Guests: Julie Fowlis, Karen Matheson, Kathleen MacInnes, Arthur Cormack, Robert Robertson, Isobel Ann Martin, Kim Carnie and Mischa Macpherson.
  • 28th January 2018 - INVERNESS, Eden Court Theatre -7.30pm.
  • 02nd February 2018 - GLASGOW, Celtic Connections, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - 7.30pm - Transatlantic Sessions.
  • 04th February 2018 - GLASGOW, Celtic Connections , Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - 7.30pm - Transatlantic Sessions.

This book introduces fiddlers to 3rd position in a fun and exciting way by using well known Scottish tunes as the examples.

Lots of excellent tunes to help you play the 3rd position.

It is a very popular book and can be used in on its own or in conjunction with a non-Scottish 3rd position book if supplementary fun material is required.

Also included are some pages of 2nd position tunes to widen the interest in the uses of position work in fiddle playing.

Contents: Ae Fond Kiss * Amazing Grace * An Coinneachan * Archibald MacDonald Of Keppoch * Auld Lang Syne * Au Claire de la Lune * Away In A Manger * Buain Nan Dearcan Ris An Spreidh * The Bugle Horn * Caisteal A' Ghlinne * The Call Of The Red Bird * Castle Of The Glen * Coilsfield House * Colin's Cattle * Coulters Candy * The Cradle Song * Crodh Chailein * Donald MacPherson's Lament * Eilean Mo Chridhe * Fairy Lullaby * The First Nowell * The Flower Of The Quern * Grand Old Duke Of York * Hector The Hero * The Hills of Glenorchy * The Hopeful Lover * Hot Cross Buns * Iain Ruaridh's Lament * Jesus Hands Are Kind Hands * Katie Bairdie * The Lass Of Bon Accord * Leanaibh An Aigh * Lochaber Cronan * Loch Duich * Lovely Stornoway * MacPherson's Rant * Morning Has Broken * The Music O' Spey * The Rowan Tree * Skye Boat Song * The Sweetness Of Mary * Tuireadh Iain Ruaidh * Westering Home * Ye Banks And Braes.
A double album of classic Christmas favourites performed by some great performers of all time!
Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Bing Crosby Elvis Presley and many more.

Another in the 'best album on the planet series' from The Music Kitchen label.

Disc 1: 29 Tracks: White Christmas (Bing Crosby) * It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (Perry Como) * Let It Snow (Dean Martin) * The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole) * Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt ) * Silent Night (Frank Sinatra) * Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley) * Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee) * Mary's Boy Child (Harry Belafonte) * Winter Wonderland (Perry Como) * Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms) * Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland) * Jingle Bells (Frank Sinatra) * Lonely Pup In A Christmas Shop (Adam Faith) * Deck The Halls (Nat King Cole) * Little Donkey (Nina And Frederik) * I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus (Jimmy Boyd) * Mistletoe And Holly (Frank Sinatra) * When A Child Is Born (The Munros) * Frosty The Snowman (Gene Autry) * Its A Wonderful Life (Daphne's Balcony Band) * Oh Come All Ye Faithful (Nat King Cole) * Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer (Kids From The Loft) * Merry Christmas Everyone (Bonaly Boys) * White Christmas (Celtic Chorale) * Festive Reels (Billy McIntyre And His All Star Ceilidh Band) * Three Cheers For Christmas (The Macs) * Ave Maria (Stuart wood) * The Warm Glow of Christmas (Winter Dreams)

Disc 2: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Perry Como) * Sleigh Ride (Johnny Mathis) * I'll Be Home For Christmas (Frank Sinatra) * Baby It's Cold Outside (Dean Martin) * The Twelve Days Of Christmas (Bing Crosby And The Andrews Sisters) * God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Nat King Cole) * Silver Bells (Doris Day) * Ding Dong Merrily On High (The Munros) * O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Frank Sinatra) * Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley) * Baby's First Christmas (Connie Francis) * Christmas Alphabet (Dickie Valentine) * Joy To The World (Nat King Cole) * First Noel (Winter Dreams) * Away In A Manger (Paisley Abbey Choir) * All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth ( Danny Kaye And Patty Andrews) * Peace In The Valley (Elvis Presley) * The Christmas Waltz (Frank Sinatra) * O Tannenbaum (Nat King Cole) * Little Drummer Boy (Winter Dreams) * Here Comes Santa Claus (Bing Crosby) * Walking In The Air (The Piping Sna'men) * I Believe (Frankie Lane) * I Saw Three Ships (Nat King Cole) * Christmas Auld lang Syne ( Bobby Darin) * Christmas By Candlelight (The Munros) * Christmas Lullaby (Winter Dreams) * Mull Of Kintyre (Lone Piper)

The shortlisted nominations for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2017 have been announced. Heralded as the most prestigious award ceremony in the traditional music calendar, the winners will be revealed during an award ceremony on Saturday 2nd December, at Paisley's Lagoon Centre as Paisley bids for UK City of Culture 2021.

Organising body Hands Up for Trad unveiled the shortlist and will hand out a total of sixteen awards to the best trad talent throughout Scotland's bustling industry. Voting for the shortlisted acts will be open until 24th November and votes can be cast online here.

An invitation from Oban Gaelic Choir

Stòras - Exploring the riches of Argyllshire Bardachd CD launch

Feuch nach call sibh seo! 'S e oidhche air leth gu bhith ann air an 20mh latha dhen t- Samhainn aig taigh chèilidh Skippinish anns an Òban far an cuir sinn air bhog an CD ur spaideil againn! Na diochuimhnich na brogan dannsaidh agaibh nas motha air sgath gum bi ceilidh shònraichte a' dol air adhart as dèidh laimh. Chì sinn ann sibh!

Try not to miss a fantastic evening on the 20th of November at the Skippinish Ceilidh House in Oban where we launch our new shiny, wonderful, Argyll filled CD! Remember to take along your dancing shoes too as there will be a ceilidh too. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

CD available from Music Scotland after the launch.

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