Monday, February 20, 2006

"Why Truth Matters"/Julie Fowlis

On Sat. afternoon I went in to central London, but it was cold, cloudy and then began to rain, so I went to a Waterstones, Piccadilly, and browsed. Although I'm trying to throw stuff away for the coming move, I keep buying books. Today I bought just one: "Why Truth Matters", a critique of postmodernism, etc.:

"A witty and eloquent debunking, grounded in solid philosophical scholarship, of the 'fashionable nonsense' that pervades modern culture and academia. Truth has always been a central preoccupation of philosophy in all its forms and traditions. However, in the late twentieth century truth became suddenly rather unfashionable. The precedence given to assorted political and ideological agendas, along with the rise of relativism, postmodernism and pseudoscience in academia, led to a decline both of truth as a serious subject, and an intellectual tradition that began with the Enlightenment. "Why Truth Matters" is a timely, incisive and entertaining look at how and why modern thought and culture lost sight of the importance of truth. It is also an eloquent and inspiring argument for restoring truth to its rightful place. Jeremy Stangroom and Ophelia Benson, editors of the successful butterfliesandwheels website - itself established to 'fight fashionable nonsense' - identify and debunk such nonsense, and the spurious claims made for it, in all its forms."

"Why Truth Matters" at

Julie Fowlis at the Irish Centre

Later that evening I went to the Irish Centre in Hammersmith. It usually has Irish music on Fri and Saturday evenings, but this Sat they had a young Scottish woman, Julie Fowlis, who had just won a BBC competition as the best newcomer in Folk music. She had a lovely voice and the band was good. It was nice to see these young people keeping these old traditions alive and enjoying themselves:

"Can someone singing mostly in Scots Gaelic really make a mark on the music mainstream? Ordinarily you'd say no, but Julie Fowlis from North Uist in the Outer Hebrides sings with such mesmerising beauty and passion, you wouldn't bet against her."
Colin Irwin & Jude Rogers, WORD MAGAZINE, February 2006

" interest in her evocative music is intensifying. Fowlis could be the first Scottish Gaelic crossover star in the making"
Peter Culshaw, DAILY TELEGRAPH, February 2006

“Young, gorgeous and inordinately talented….utterly captivated the audience from start to finish”
Sue Wilson, SUNDAY HERALD, January 2006

"Julie is the Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award 2006 for best emerging artist.
Julie voted as Gaelic Singer of the Year 2005 at the Scots Trad Music Awards!"

Some of her songs can be heard here


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