Decorated with an array of four star reviews singer-songwriter and musician Brona McVittie is deftly steering traditional folk into the 21st century with her recently launched debut solo album We Are the Wildlife — a deep reflection on the interconnectedness of things natural and manmade, an album of duality and dichotomy shaped as much by natural sonic patterning as by human patterns of behaviour — inspired by rural and urban scapes alike.
“Electronic music, used judiciously, can serve the folk song well, particularly when it’s teasing out subtler textures in the tradition, noticing the smaller stitches in its seams. This is certainly true of the work of Brona McVittie” says The Guardian who describes her music as “Beautifully embroidered folk with sweetness and bite”.
Further plaudits include:
- “A rare, and rarefied, beauty” The Independent
- “Heavenly” Uncut
- “Timeless” Mojo
The album has been broadcast in the UK on BBC6 Music by Gideon Coe and Lauren Laverne; BBC Radio Ulster by Lynette Fay, Eve Blair and Across the Line; and internationally on RTÉ Radio 1, RnaG and Lyric FM, Radio Cernusco in Italy, Sveriges Radio AB (Swedish Broadcasting Corporation Ltd), Chicago WFMT, KZUM Nebraska, KEXP Pacific Notions in Seattle, CKUA Canada and ABCNewcastle in Australia. Brona was recently interviewed by Cerys Matthews on her BBC6 Music before her performance at Womad festival.
Brona returned to her native County Down after several years in London during which time she performed with numerous bands at venues ranging from The 12Bar Club to The Roundhouse. She was musical director for Celtic acapella outfit Rún, lead singer and harper for the London Lasses and briefly even ran her own folk club. In a variety of guises, she has graced the stages of numerous festivals including Glastonbury, Celtic Connections and Cambridge Folk Festival. 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.
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