Folk chanteuse Brona McVittie is lead singer and harpist for the London Lasses and a member of neo-impressionist outfit littlebow. She is currently producing her debut solo LP We Are the Wildlife – a collection of fable pop and traditional balladry steeped in the majesty of her native County Down. She is collaborating on several other releases with Orla Wren, Keiron Phelan and Myles Cochran. Her composition You Are My Sister was released on Rural Colours on 30 May 2017 as part of a tribute to the late Pauline Oliveros. Her single Under the Pines (a double A side featuring Newry Mountain) will premiere on FOLK RADIO UK on 19 June 2017 in the run up to the release of her debut solo LP.
As a full-time professional musician Brona is first and foremost a singer. As a trained biologist her self-penned songs are often imbued with elements of the natural world. Drawing her inspiration across a range of styles particularly folk, classical and electronic music, Brona enjoys experimenting with textures from different musical cultures. She has arranged music for many bands and singing groups, and has worked hard over the past few years to improve her production skills. In 2016 she produced 12 singles under the moniker Queen of Corkbots; her TOTM (Track of the Month) series.
Brona has spent many years performing her interpretations of traditional songs in various languages on the London circuit and has toured abroad in several bands and duos. In a variety of guises, she has graced the stages of numerous festivals including Glastonbury, Celtic Connections and Cambridge Folk Festival, and has produced music for theatre productions including a performance at London’s Royal Opera House. As founder of the Undercover Folk Club, London’s only themed open-mic – regularly Critics choice in Time Out – she pioneered the folk idiom as a platform for interpreting songs from different musical genres.
She has made music for radio and TV broadcast, and for short films. To date she has recorded six albums and six EPs with a number of talented musical associates.
If you have an idea for a project, feel free to drop her a line.
Brona teaches music to individuals and groups. She provides one to one tuition for vocal, clarinet and lever-harp, and has coached a number of singing groups. She was musical director for the Oxford Belles a capella group in the 1990s in Oxford and later founded London-based Celtic a capella group Rún in 2007. The group went on to perform at many UK folk festivals including Celtic Connections and Glastonbury; and recorded an EP and LP (see below). Brona is currently Musical Director of the Mourne Community Choir.
- A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros The Last Sense To Leave Us LP (2017) on Rural Colours
- littlebow: Three LP (2016) on Rural Colours
- Queen of Corkbots: Track of the Month project (2016)
- London Lasses The One I Loved the Best LP (2015)
- Rún Sé: Songs from the Six Celtic Nations LP (2011)
- London Lasses By Night & By Day LP (2010)
- Score for The Wake by Sarah Dowling, Battersea Arts Centre (2009), Royal Opera House (2012)
- Rún Beidh Aonach Amárach/There’s a fair tomorrow EP (2009)
- Undercover Folk Club (Founder), London’s only themed open mic (2007-2010)
- The Woodlarks Truth is a Fixed Star EP (2009)
- Rún Seo is suid/This and that EP (2008)
- Forestbrook As the Crow Flies LP (2008)
- Limited edition 10″ vinyl of Ewan MacColl’s Ballad of Accounting as part of ArtAngel arts project (2007)
- The Balance Triptych EP (2004)
- Footnote EP (2003)
- The Balance EP (2000)
Bands, choirs, duos
- littlebow (2015-)
- Queen of Corkbots (2015-)
- London Lasses (Lead vocals, harp: 2008-)
- Rún (Founder and Musical Director; Vocals, harp: 2007-2012)
- The Woodlarks (Vocals, guitar: 2008-2010)
- London Gaelic Choir (Alto: 2006-07)
- Collegium Musicum (Alto: 2005-06)
- Forestbrook (Founder and Songwriter; Lead vocals, multiple instruments: 2004-2008)
- Footnote (Vocals, guitar: 2003-2005)
- The Balance (Founder and Songwriter; Vocals, guitar: 1998-2004)
- Arcadian Singers (Alto: 1996-99)
- Oxford Belles (Alto: 1996-99, Musical Director 1998)
- Music Business (Records, Publishing and Finance) City University London (2013)
- Screenwriting, Central Saint Martins: UAL (2012)
- Music Production (Mixing and mastering) Goldsmiths, University of London (2010)
- DipMus (Musical Techniques and Composition) Birkbeck, University of London (2007)
- MA Oxon (Biological Sciences) St Hilda’s College, Oxford (1999)