There can’t be many traditional folk singers who have been chosen for the soundtrack of a Disney Pixar film.
But when the requirement is for an authentic voice to embellish an animated film set in the ancient highlands of Scotland, the award-winning Brave, it’s no surprise that the call went out for Julie Fowlis.
From North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, she has been a standard bearer for Gaelic music and culture over the course of more than ten years,
Her profile continues to rise thanks to her involvement in the Transatlantic Sessions (on the BBC TV screen and on stage) and co-hosting the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
She sings at Scottish football internationals, and was even invited to lead the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup in 2012.
Now Julie Fowlis is back in the concert halls with a tour that comes to the Memorial Hall in Sheffield next Thursday, and which features songs from her fourth studio album, Gach sgeul/Every story.
“A few of these songs come from childhood days; some arrived at my door more recently,” she says. “Some I learned whilst soothing small babies to sleep. Some I learned whilst failing to soothe small babies to sleep!
“All of them have a reason to be on this album. Each song has its own story, and now in addition, I too have my own personal story for each one.”