Decorated with an array of four star reviews singer, writer 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 Jude Roberts in The Guardian who describes her music as “Beautifully embroidered folk with sweetness and bite”. Further plaudits followed…..
- The Independent “A rare, and rarefied, beauty”
- Uncut “Heavenly debut……Simply gorgeous”
- Mojo “a timeless mix of traditional and original material”
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 RTE RnaG and Lyric FM, Sveriges Radio AB (Swedish Broadcasting Corporation Ltd), Chicago WFMT, KZUM Nebraska, CKUA Canada and Radio Cernusco in Italy.
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. In 2018 she released her self-produced debut solo LP We Are the Wildlife on her Company of Corkbots label.
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 already graced many a stage at Glastonbury, Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival and smaller venues along the way, before launching her first album “We are the Wildlife” in 2018, scoring all four star reviews
Come and find out what the fuss is about….