Julie enchants audience with performance at Iona Abbey
A LAST-MINUTE invitation to listen to one of the world’s most influential Gaelic singers was Brave-ly taken up by Iona Primary School.
Monday morning saw children invited to Iona Abbey to hear Julie Fowlis’s Gaelic songbook. Julie won a Traditional Music Award for her work on Disney film Brave in 2012.
Julie invited the children to join almost 200 tourists to listen to her work. She was on Iona as part of a National Geographic cruise around Europe.
Head teacher Stephen Glen-Lee said: ‘Julie gave a magical performance. All the children had a great time with one of the most famous Gaelic singers on the planet.
‘After Julie’s performance, the pupils chatted with her in Gaelic. I was very proud of them all.
‘Our Gaelic tutor, Janet Campbell, from Tobermory, just happened to be in school on Monday morning. Mrs Campbell could see for herself what a great job she has done teaching the children Gaelic.
‘The children have been rehearsing for their own debut this week. They will be headlining at the Iona Music Festival on Saturday. They’re on the same billing as poet Liz Lochhead and then super group Idlewild.
‘Liz and Idlewild must be delighted that they are getting to share the stage with Iona Primary School pupils.’
Julie Fowlis, left, joins pupils and teachers from Iona Primary School after giving a ‘magical’ performance in Iona Abbey on Monday. On the right is the school’s Gaelic tutor Janet Campbell.