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Title:
Cuilidh
Publication Information:
Glasgow : Shoeshine Records, 2007.
Physical Description:
1 sound disc (ca. 43:04) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Lyrics in Gaelic and English inserted in container.
Contents:
Hùg air a' bhonaid mhòir -- Mo ghruagach dhonn -- An-t-aparan goirid's an t-aparan ùr: Òran do sheasaidh bhaile raghnaill -- 'Ille dhuinn, 'S toigh leam thu -- Puirt-a-beul set: 'S toigh leam fhin buntàta's ìm; Tha fionnlagh ag Innearadh; Hug oiridh hiridh hairidh -- Set of jigs: The thatcher; Peter Byrne's; The tripper's -- Mo dhòmhnallan fhèin -- Turas san lochmor -- Oran nan raiders -- Bodaich odhar hoghaigearraidh -- Mo bheannachd dhan Bhàillidh ùr -- Aoidh, na dèan cadal idir.
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It's good that Gaelic singing has a new poster girl in Julie Fowlis. The Scots-born vocalist from the tiny island of North Uist grew up with the language and traditional song, but she's expanded from that to thankfully include contemporary Gaelic songs from composers who are keeping the beauty of the language alive. That she's a captivating vocalist is immediately apparent from the opening cut, a piece of puirt-a-buel, or mouth music, that was used by women to accompany communal work (she expands on this in the lovely "Puirt-A-Buel Set" later in the disc). She's at her best on the slower material that demonstrates the sheer beauty of her voice, like "Mo Ghuargach Dhonn." She's a mean whistle player, too, and has the chance to show her chops on "Set of Jigs." Lovely as the traditional material is, it's the modern songs that are the delight, carefully selected and lovingly presented -- easy to do with the fabulous cast of musicians playing on the album. It's a sign that Gaelic song is flourishing again after being largely ignored for far too long. With young artists like Fowlis in the vanguard, it's a very welcome return. ~ Chris Nickson