Columbia Theatre to present Gaelic singer and voice of “Brave” Julie Fowlis
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
by: Tonya Lowentritt
Photo credit: Michelle Fowlis
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Julie Fowlis, Gaelic singer and voice of the soundtrack to the Academy Award-winning movie "Brave," on Thursday, Oct. 9.
Part of Fanfare, the October celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences, the concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
A groundbreaking artist who entices new audiences worldwide, Fowlis pushes musical boundaries with adaptations of songs from her native Scottish Gaelic tradition. She is so well-known that when Disney Pixar ("Finding Nemo," "Toy Story," "Up") was searching for the perfect voice to feature in the soundtrack to "Brave," their research led them to 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 three award-winning studio albums and numerous highly acclaimed projects and collaborations.
"Fowlis is no stranger to awards and distinctions, winning Gaelic Singer of the Year and Album of the Year on two occasions at the Scots Trad Music Awards, plus several other major accolades including Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards," said Roy Blackwood, interim director of Columbia Theatre and Fanfare. "She is perhaps most proud of her award as Scotland's Gaelic Ambassador- 'Tosgaire na Gàidhlig', bestowed by the Scottish Parliament in 2008, the first person to ever receive this honor."
Tickets for the Julie Fowlis concert range from $20 - $34 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at www.columbiatheatre.org.
All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for Julie Fowlis and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 985-543-4371 for more information.