Julie Fowlis sings songs with a Gaelic point of view

Julie Fowlis
Julis Fowlis grew up on North Uist in the Hebrides, the islands which lie off the west coast of Scotland. She says she didn't set out to be a Gaelic singer, but her musical talents are no recognized around the world.
MPR photo/Euan Kerr

Julie Fowlis sings in a language which even in her native Scotland only about 60,000 people understand, yet she's a national star.

She sings in her native tongue Scots Gaelic (pronounced GAH-lick) which like it's close cousin Irish Gaelic (pronounced GAY-lick) has a centuries old musical tradition.

Fowlis will sing from her new album "Cuilidh" (pronounced COOL-ee) at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on Sunday.

She told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr she didn't set out to be a Gaelic singer, but growing up on a remote island off the West Coast of Scotland, it was just one of the things you did.

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