Under the Pines

by Brona McVittie

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I hear your voice Echo through the pines I hear your voice Echo through the pines Come sit ye down Under the pines Sing me your song Under the pines Sowing the seeds Under the pines Rustling leaves Under the pines
At the foot of Newry Mountain clear water does flow There lives a wee lassie far whiter than snow She's slender in the waist for all young men to see And her name in plain Irish is Grá geal mo Chroí Twas on a summer's morning as I walked along Down by yon green valley I heard a fine song It was a fair damsel and her voice rang so clear Saying how blessed would I be if my darling was here? I then drew anear to a shade that was green Where the leaves grew about her she scarce could be seen It was her whole cry 'Oh my darling come away, For without your loving company I cannot stay' The moon it may darken and show us no light And the bright stars of heaven fall down from their height The rocks may all melt and the mountains remove The hour I prove false to the fair one I love Like a sheet of white paper her neck and her breast Her bright eyes a-shining have robbed me of rest She's a pattern of virtue wherever she goes And her cheeks I compare the the red blushing rose The ships on the ocean may go without sails And the smallest of fishes turn into great whales In the middle of the ocean there will grow an apple tree If I ever prove false to my Grá geal mo Chroí


“Pleasingly dreamy folk tones but with a strong and haunting undercurrent of otherworldliness...persuasive vocals up close and hushed...unexpected bass intrusions which call to mind the meditative trance compositions of Colleen”
Conor O’Toole, Underground of Happiness

"A singer-songwriter of the highest calibre with the voice of an angel"
Colum Sands, BBC Radio Ulster

We are the Wildlife is the forthcoming debut solo LP from celebrated Irish folk chanteuse and harpist Brona McVittie. As a taster of the magic to come, Brona is sharing a double A side single featuring the traditional love ballad Newry Mountain, a lesser-heard folk song from her home of County Down, and the evocative original composition Under The Pines. These two tracks feature harp and subtle ambient effects with the lush richness of orchestral strings from specialist Richard Curran, who has recorded with Bert Jansch and Steve Tilston, trumpet from film-composer Hutch Demouilpied, flute from Keiron Phelan (State River Widening, Smile Down Upon Us, littlebow) and slide guitar and drums from artist/producer Myles Cochran.


released July 14, 2017

All songs written and/or arranged by Brona McVittie.
Under the Pines : Vocals/harp/electronics/production (Brona McVittie); Viola/violin/cello (Richard Curran); Drums/slide guitar (Myles Cochran); Trumpet (Hutch Demouilpied); Flute (Keiron Phelan).
Newry Mountain: Trad Arr KWB McVittie. Vocals/harp/clarinets/production (Brona McVittie); Viola/cello (Richard Curran); Drums (Myles Cochran). Mastered by Myles Cochran.


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The critics have been forming an orderly queue to heap praise on Brona McVittie’s shoulders since the release of her debut album. The Guardian decided that this outwardly delicate record “has a bite behind it, showing you the stuff under the skin”. If Virginia Astley, Joanna Newsom and The Unthanks appeal to your ears and heart, then County Down native Brona is your new favourite artist ... more


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