“You’re put in the place of a bird navigating wide open landscapes, absorbing light, space and air. This is music that takes you on its wing, and gives you fresh visions” says Jude Rogers of Bróna McVittie’s second album The Man in the Mountain, which Rogers listed 4th in The Guardian’s 10 Best Folk Albums of 2020.
While the singer-songwriter’s debut solo album We Are the Wildlife (2018) set the bar high with a string of four-star reviews from Uncut, Mojo, The Guardian and The Independent, her second offering boasts new collaborations with avant-garde Nordic composer Arve Henriksen and electronic duo Isan, which see her continue to push the boundaries of the traditional folk idiom.
As Folk Radio UK’s Thomas Blake puts it, “The Man In The Mountain’s predecessor was one of the best releases of 2018, but somehow Brona McVittie has surpassed herself. There is an added maturity, a new breadth of influence, and a creative control that sets this album apart. But she never loses the wide-eyed sense of wonder at the poetry of the natural world. If she set out to reflect that beauty and that wonder in music, she has succeeded admirably”
The new album has been broadcast on BBC Radio 2 Folk Show by Mark Radcliffe, BBC6 Music by Iggy Pop and Gideon Coe, BBC Radio Ulster by Lynette Fay, Eve Blair and Brian Mullen; RTÉ Radio 1 by Ruth Smith, RnaG by Cian Ó Cíobháin and Lyric FM by John Kelly and Ellen Crannitch; and internationally in Italy, The Netherlands, the USA, Canada and Australia.
Bróna lives in her hometown, a small village in County Down on the shores of Carlingford Lough where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea. In 2019 she performed with her trio at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, London’s Kings Place and Womad festival. She champions folk songs and tales from her homeland both in her own work and as leader of the Mourne Community Choir.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is funding her forthcoming digital wilderness performance project, the Mourne Mystery Tour.
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