“Cuilidh”, Julie Fowlis (singer in Scottish Gaelic)
This was released in 2007. It features Julie’s singing (all songs are in Gaelic, but both these and translations into English are to be found in the album’s notes) - and also her whistle playing on a set of jigs, though she does less instrumental playing here than on her previous album. She is backed by a number of people; these are:
Eamon Doorley Bouzouki
John Doyle Guitar
Ewan Vernal Bass
John McCusker Fiddle
Chris Thile Mandolin
James Mackintosh Percussion
Norrie MacIver Backing Vocals
Kathleen MacInnes Backing Vocals
Michael McGoldrick Whistles, Uilleann Pipes
Mark Kelly Guitar
Donald Shaw Piano, Accordion, Harmonium
Iain MacDonald Flute
Martin O’Neill Bodhran
Donnchadh Gough Bodhran
Ross Martin Guitar
- and Julie herself gets credited for a bit of melodeon on track 11.
This is a captivating album, as anyone who liked her previous one ( “Mar A Tha Mo Chridhe” ) might reasonably expect. The second track in particular is of heart-melting beauty: this is the song Mo Gruagach Dhonn, which she sang on television in a contest not long ago - it was the subject of a Discussion here.
Her singing is flawless and her co-musicians top notch. I’ll say no more.
Well, I hadn’t expected the instrument names to fly back across the page and become parts of their players’ surnames - but maybe that’s an appropriate place for them to belong…
The Thatcher (jig)
I don’t know how to do it and who can do it so if you can link The Thatcher (6th track) with https://thesession.org/tunes/1244, do it please. Thanks=)
“Cuilidh” - Julie Fowlis
I’ve tried to re-write the tune titles so they link, but may not have persuaded the computer to make this work.
Track 5 is a Puirt-a-beul set (“mouth music”); track 6 is a set of jigs.