Pioneering her own brand of cosmic folk Bróna McVittie both deftly reimagines traditional folk, and crafts her own nature-inspired songs with a rich mix of ethnic and electronic instruments. Her debut solo album We Are the Wildlife, released in January 2018, earned her a string of four star reviews from MOJO, Uncut, The Guardian and The Independent garnering high praise from critics including Nigel Williamson and the late Andy Gill.
The album’s single Under the Pines was featured in Lauren Laverne’s best-of-2018 list. And before her WOMAD appearance in 2019 Bróna was interviewed live by Cerys Matthews on her BBC 6 Music festival highlights show.
Her second album The Man in the Mountain, released in September 2020, immediately scored the much-coveted Folk Album of the Month spot in The Guardian. Later that year Jude Rogers ranked it 4th in her 10 Best Folk Albums of 2020. In her words “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”.
The Man in the Mountain features notable collaborations with avant-garde Nordic composer Arve Henriksen and electronica trailblazers Isan. The title track, inspired by the local legends and lore of Bróna’s homeland, tells a tale of a battle between Irish and Scottish giants. The album’s single The Green Man has been broadcast on BBC 6 Music by Iggy Pop and BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe.
Bróna’s third album The Woman in the Moon released in October 2022. The first single The Woman in the Moon / Tiocfaidh an Samhradh (Summer Will Come) launched during the 22nd Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival at a sellout show in Belfast. Her second double A-side single Your Heart Wants to Go/Living Without You released in September; and the album tour in October saw her headline venues in 5 major UK cities. The album recording was supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.