Julie en­chants au­di­ence with per­for­mance at Iona Abbey

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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