Under the Pines

by Brona McVittie

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“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.

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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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Brona McVittie Northern Ireland, UK

Folk chanteuse Brona McVittie is lead singer and harpist for the London Lasses and a member of neo-impressionist outfit littlebow. She is currently producing her debut solo LP We Are the Wildlife – a collection of fable pop and traditional balladry steeped in the majesty of her native County Down. ... more

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Track Name: Under the Pines
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
Track Name: Newry Mountain
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