Great Scot! Music Monday – Julie Fowlis – An Eala Bhàn/The White Swan

As those of you who follow my personal Twitter feed (@rtidwell730) may have noticed, I have been completely caught by a new BBC series The Crimson Field.  TCF is the story of a WWI field hospital and the nurses and doctors that work there.  Richard Rankin (@RikRankin, who did the Scottish words and noises videos for the Heughligans) is one of the stars. Oona Chaplin from Game of Thrones is another and Outlander’s own Richard Clark directs 2 episodes. I really hope that this series is brought to US television at some point as it is excellent.

Anyway, to make a long story short (too late, I know), this week’s music is a beautiful song in Gàidhlig sung by Julie Fowlis called ‘An Eala Bhàn (The White Swan)’.  In addition to being beautiful, this song was written by Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorùna (Donald MacDonald of Coruna), a Scottish-Gaelic poet from North Uist, whilst fighting in the battle of the Somme, in the trenches of the Great War, for his love, Mhagaidh Nic Leòid (Maggie MacLeod).  (

I also really like this video as it has lyric subtitles in both Gàidhlig and English.

Julie Fowlis – An Eala Bhàn/The White Swan


Great Scot! music for March 19, 2014 – Julie Fowlis -‘Wind and Rain’ / ‘Thig am Bàta’

I thought I would go with Julie Fowlis again this morning since I saw a tweet from Brian Ferguson that she would be at the Bannockburn Live festival at the end of June. I wish I could be there for that festival. Sounds like a number of fabulous musicians will be there.

Full details of #BannockburnLive festival unveiled, incJulie Fowlis, DougieMacLean, Roddy Hart & KarinePolwart:

— Brian Ferguson (@brianjaffa) March 19, 2014

I especially like this song since it has the lyrics in both Gàidhlig and English. As much as I love all Gàidhlig songs, it’s nice to know sometimes what the song is saying.  Also, this particular video has great pictures from Doune Castle and makes a great Outlander tie-in.

Julie Fowlis – ‘Wind and Rain’ / ‘Thig am Bàta’

Gàidhlig music recommendation for February 28, 2014 – Julie Fowlis – Mo Ghruagach Dhonn

Ever since I’ve started posting these music recommendations on the Great Scot Blog, a few of us have gotten in the habit of tweeting some of our favorite artists and songs every day.  If nothing else, it give Àdhamh something to listen to while he reads scripts. 😉 And if we can’t know what’s in the scripts, at least we can feel we’re contributing to the Outlander production in some very small way.

As a result of all the tweets, I’ve been introduced to some great new music.  Thanks so much to @xTartanForeverx for turning me on to Julie Fowlis.  I have just lost at least an hour of my life listening to her songs on Youtube and it’s been worth every minute. I hope everyone else enjoys it just as much as I have. And if any of you have a suggestion for a music feature, please feel free to leave it in the comments.  It doesn’t have to be in Gàidhlig, just Scotland or Outlander related. We can all benefit by branching out occasionally.

Julie Fowlis – Mo Ghruagach Dhonn