Co. Sligo native BRÍDÍN carries on the tradition of Irish music into the fourth generation of her family, playing harp, flute, piano, and dancing sean nós.
Her musical talent emerged at a very early age and she has developed her own style, influenced by her natural surroundings and rooted in her background in traditional Irish music.
Her forthcoming contemporary folk EP ‘Ocean of Stars’ is released on February 24th, so it's the perfect time to sit her down and have her answer our ten questions.
1. What's the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?
I was surrounded by music growing up luckily, because of my amazingly musical mother, Aileen. The main stream of music I was surrounded by was Irish traditional music, choral and pop. Mam would take us around playing music in different places and we’d teach ourselves tunes at home. I still love and play lots of traditional Irish music.
2. In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage.
Need to pee.
3. How do you wind down after a gig?
By the time I have my harp and all my gear lugged back home, I’m fairly wound down, ha!
4. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why?
The last thing I watched was 'The Mind Explained' on Netflix. It’s a great series explaining a different feature of your mind in every episode. It is so good if you’re interested in how we tick!
5. You can only have three albums on your phone/in your house at any one time - what three would you pick for today?
The Eagles – 'One of These Nights'
Abba – 'Super Trouper'
Olafur Arnolds – 're:member'
6. Name one record and one film that everyone should hear / see.
Record: 'Just Harp' – Laoise Kelly
Film: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
7. What's your biggest pet peeve?
People being rude to waiters and shop assistants. We’re all just trying to get by, take it easy.
8. You’re ordering take-away, what do you get?
Anything vegetarian. I’m not fussy, but I do love Asian street food.
9. Describe your perfect day off.
Run or walk on the beach, play music with my grandad Gerry and head to the studio to compose and record new pieces/songs. I’d watch something daft on Netflix at some point as well, I’m sure!
10. Tell us, in one sentence, why we should come to your next gig (whenever it may be.)
You should come to my gig to hear my chilled out, uplifting contemporary music and a sprinkle of craic!
BONUS QUESTION: Recommend a podcast and tell us why we should subscribe to it.
I love Private Parts - it’s hilarious but also interesting guests and topics!
'Ocean of Stars' is released on February 24th.