Festival amdassador Julie back from LA

Julie returns home from LA to perform in An Lanntair tonight.
Julie returns home from LA to perform in An Lanntair tonight.

AFTER a few weeks of the red carpet treatment, Julie Fowlis swaps L.A. for A.L. tonight (Saturday, July 14th).

Having been a star turn at the Hollywood premiere of the Disney Pixar animation Brave in Los Angeles, she is back in the more intimate surrounding of An Lanntair to showcase her acclaimed work Heisgeir.

One of Julie’s Gaelic songs from her debut album featured on the film’s trailer which was broadcast to an estimated 40 million people, but tonight she will be on stage in front of fewer than 200, alongside husband Éamon Doorley and other musicians Ross Martin and Duncan Chisholm.

The hour-long feature film with a musical soundtrack was inspired by Julie’s connection to the Atlantic islands off North Uist which were abandoned in the 1940s.

Her great great grandmother was from Heisgeir and stories from former residents, including Lachie Morrison, a member of the last family to live there, help tell the evocative story.

One of the first inductees to the HebCelt Hall of Fame and an ambassador for the festival, Julie said: “HebCelt is a highlight of the year for me.

“It’s a great place to come back to, especially as the piece we are doing is very much an island project and a little bit different to what we have done before.”