In 2012, the Celtic tones of Julie Fowlis, who hails from North Uist, were heard all over the world, through the magical power of Disney.
Julie performed two songs for the Academy Award winning movie Brave, the first Disney movie with a Scottish heroine.
This year, she’s been nominated for the Creative Scotland - Best Traditional Scottish Music Award and will also be performing at the 16th Annual Scottish Music Awards.
The ceremony is not only a celebration of Scotland’s diverse music industry, but also acts as the main source of funding for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland.
The charity, that requires£600,000 a year to function, is a revolutionary programme that uses the healing powers of music to improve the lives of over 400 children and adults isolated by life limiting illnesses, disability and trauma including autism, dementia and Down’s Syndrome, by enhancing communication, supporting change, and enabling people to live more resourcefully and creatively.
While Julie is famous for her distinctive voice, her talents do not stop there. She graduated from the University of the Highlands and Islands with an MA in ‘Cultar Dùthchasach agus an Àrainneachd’ (Material Culture and the Environment) and has gone onto achieve a number of accolades.
This summer she gave her biggest performance to date, representing Scotland on a world wide platform once again, as she performed to over a billion people live at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
In 2011 she was nominated alongside Lorraine Kelly for the Great Scot award. She has released two solo records, was the recipient of the inaugural ‘Tosgaire na Gàidhlig’, Ambassador for Gaelic, bestowed by the Scottish Government, and even has a flower named after her! ‘Lilum Julie Fowlis’ was launched at the Chelsea Flower show in May, 2011.
And this Saturday, 29th November, this flower of Scotland will make a welcome return to her home country, showcasing the authentic Scottish voice that the world has come to love.
She is honoured to be involved in the ceremony: “To be a part of something that celebrates Scottish music at the same time as raising
money for such an incredible cause is truly wonderful.”