IT is little wonder that when Disney Pixar were searching for the perfect, authentic singing voice to feature in the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning Brave, the worldwide hit animated film set in the ancient highlands of Scotland, their research led them to one of the Western Isles’ true contemporary treasures - Julie Fowlis.
Brought up on North Uist in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, Fowlis has been a proud standard bearer for Gaelic music and culture over the course of a solo career which has spanned over 10 years and three highly acclaimed studio albums.
Earlier this year Julie released her much anticipated fourth studio album Gach sgeul (Every Story) which is a mature offering of carefully selected Gaelic songs and it’s already attracted great reviews from critics and fans alike.
2014 will also see her perform in several high profile concerts, collaborate with world renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti on her new Scottish themed record, plus tour with the internationally acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions, a spin-off from the hit TV series.
During the four years since her last studio album release, Julie has been developing her career in broadcasting, presenting for Sky Arts HD, BBC Radio 2 and 4 and BBC Scotland and ALBA TV.
In addition to recording and producing for the award winning Brave, she continues to collaborate on various musical projects and has been awarded a huge number of accolades, including an Honorary Doctor of Music degree and the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Music.
She is a regular singing voice at Scottish football internationals, and was invited to lead the closing ceremony of the historic Ryder Cup in 2012 which was broadcast live to a TV audience of around 500million.
Julie Fowlis is performing at Bromsgrove's Artrix on Monday, May 26 at 8pm.
Tickets cost £18 (£17 concessions) and are available from the box office on 01527 577330 or artrix.co.uk.