She’s named Julie Fowlis, and she’s got music in the actual movie, too.
She’s really good. Made me shut up muttering about the trailer before the Avengers, when it was saying the magical Scots didn’t have any stories about where they came from.*
Anyway, check out her webpage. I guess we’ll hear more about her soon. That “Heisgeir” project sounds very exciting, because that’s where some of the people allegedly descended from selkies used to live. There’s a great “Heisgeir Seal Song” that I picked up from that North Uist songbook thing in the library, and I’d like to hear somebody do it more authentically and less crappily than me!
Here’s an old YouTube video of her singing. I think it’s the same song they had in the trailer.
Here’s a very nice video for “An Eala Bhan”, a WWI love song written in the trenches. The lyrics and the translation are both given, so you can see and hear what’s being sung, and how the language works. (Irish and Scottish poetry is easier to understand than prose, so it’s a good place to start.) If you know Irish songs, you can see that Irish and Scottish Gaelic are still very close in a lot of grammatical features and vocabulary, although the spelling and pronunciation have gotten wider apart.
You’ll also see the well-traveled word “gruagach” or “ghruagach”, which means something like “long-haired one.” In this context (and most of the time) it means “beautiful maiden;” but it also means a kind of horrible monster or wise old wizard, sometimes!
Here’s an interview with her and other folks.
(*The Scots not only knew where they came from; they had all the stories in the Book of Invasions, plus the stories about the Welsh-Scottish folks, the Pictish-Scottish folks, the Danish-Scottish folks, the English-Scottish folks, and the various clans claiming fairy/intelligent critter heritage. People were pretty sure they knew where they came from in Scythia, Galatia, Spain, and Egypt. Some of it was bogus factoids; but you couldn’t accuse them of not being grounded in them.)
(Not knowing where the heck you come from is a modern problem. If you were Irish or Scottish or Welsh, you probably had way too much information about your ancestors and their doings. Yon princess should have been complaining about having to memorize centuries of clan genealogies and the battles and strange events associated with the names of every stone and spring in the near vicinity. And if there’s not a story, the Irish and the Scots will make five up while you wait. Sheeeeeeeesh.)