in Conversation with Julie Fowlis

Iarla Ó Lionáird in conversation with Julie Fowlis

On RTÉ Lyric FM on January 22nd at 7pm, Julie Fowlis talked to friend and fellow Celtic singer Iarla Ó’Lionáird about her life’s journey as a singer, a performer and a mother, through the songs that are rooted in the Scottish tradition as they find common ground and a sense of connectedness as native gaelic speakers.

The full programme is now available to stream:

Speaking of this connection through tradition and song Julie says:

“It’s such an incredible connection of community and tradition and language they’re all so interlocked……from the bottom of Ireland right the way through and then right through Scotland it feels like you are following a map of the dialects and language, and thats musical dialect and language dialects also.. you just follow this path and it changes shape and evolves as you move but the line, the connectedness is always there.”

Julie Fowlis is a scottish singer and multi instrumentalist from the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Many will remember her as the voice singing the theme songs ‘Touch the Sky’ and ‘Into the Open Air’ from the Disney Pixar movie, Brave.

Julie has a headline show in the Temple Bar Trad Fest on Thursday 28th January in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. For more on Julie, head to her website –

Vocal Chords won silver in the New York Radio Festival 2015 for our episode with Peter Gabriel.

The producer and audio editor is Amy Millar, The presenter is Iarla Ó’Lionáird.

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Vocal Chords is an Athena Media Production for RTÉ Lyric FM.