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Julie Fowlis' Heritage Well

Rain Dog 29 Mar 13 - 07:32 AM
Rain Dog 02 Apr 13 - 04:03 AM
GUEST,PeterC 02 Apr 13 - 05:29 AM
John MacKenzie 02 Apr 13 - 07:02 AM
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Subject: Julie Fowlis' Heritage Well
From: Rain Dog
Date: 29 Mar 13 - 07:32 AM

I know this is bit early to mention this but thought I would do so due to the holidays in the UK over the Easter break

On BBC Radion 4 11.30 Tuesday 2nd April and should be available to listen to on the BBC iplayer

Julie Fowlis' Heritage Well


Acclaimed Gaelic singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis has taken the songs she learnt from her native Outer Hebrides to Hollywood.

Her music, learnt from oral tradition and archives of an almost extinct way of life, now graces the screens of hit movies such as Disneyland Pixar's Brave and entertains audiences at major international events such as the Ryder Cup.

Since a very young girl, Julie has been on a mission to celebrate and preserve her culture through its music. She now wants to encourage the next generation of Scots to do the same.

Tobar an Dulchais/Kist o Riches (well of heritage) is an ambitious project that aims to preserve and make accessible several thousand hours of Gaelic and Scots recordings from the School of Scottish Studies, BBC and the National Trust for Scotland's Canna Collection. There are already more than 30,000 songs, stories and tunes available online for anyone to hear.

Julie's role as Gaelic Artist in Residence for Tobar an Dualchais involves working with students and this immense online archive of recordings to create new songs and interpretations. Many of these students will never have heard this traditional material before so the outcome is bound to be exciting, contemporary and surprising.

As we follow the students through this process from beginning to end, Julie remembers trawling through the archives herself, searching for material for her early recordings. She takes us back to her home - the Island of North Uist - and takes a trip to the tiny Island of Scalpay to talk to one of the great experts on Gaelic song Morag MacLeod. She also hears from the BBC's former head of Gaelic Jo MacDonald and singer Eddi Reader.

Producer: Kellie While
A Smooth Operations production for BBC Radio 4.

Tobar an Dualchais


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Subject: RE: Julie Fowlis' Heritage Well
From: Rain Dog
Date: 02 Apr 13 - 04:03 AM

Just bumping this up again


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Subject: RE: Julie Fowlis' Heritage Well
From: GUEST,PeterC
Date: 02 Apr 13 - 05:29 AM

Looking forward to it - should be great!


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Subject: RE: Julie Fowlis' Heritage Well
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Apr 13 - 07:02 AM

Just listened to, and greatly enjoyed it. Just proves that not everything Smoothie Chops does, is reduced to the lowest common denominator.


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Subject: RE: Julie Fowlis' Heritage Well
From: Anne Neilson
Date: 02 Apr 13 - 04:19 PM

Some great descriptions of contemporary reactions to archive recordings -- the woman who heard her 16 year-old mother singing a Gaelic love song at a house ceilidh; the grandson in Shetland who heard 20 recordings of his (unknown?) grandfather playing fiddle, which he was sure his own father (also a fiddler) had never heard etc.

And a real sense of the passion of all those involved (researchers, digitisers, family members) to ensure that this fabulous material should be preserved, publicised and made available freely online.

This is an amazing resource of song, music, story and lore, and we must be eternally grateful that it is there for us all!


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