Brid Ni Chathain
Bríd Ní Chatháin comes from Carraroe, a small town in the Gaeltacht region of Connemara, west of Galway city. Irish, or Gaelic, is the predominant language in this region, so it is not surprising that Bríd, like her siblings, sings most of her songs in Gaelic, as did her parents. Her mother was a passionate collector of Irish songs and her father a gifted and renowned sean nós singer, whose songs can still be heard on recordings from the late sixties. At the age of 12, she discovered the Irish harp and soon was a prize winner at singing and harp at Slógadh, a musical competition run by Gael Linn for teenagers in the spirit of the All Ireland Championships.
Bríd toured and recorded two studio albums with the band Parson's Hat, which were released in 1992 and 1994 on the renowned label Cló Iar-Chonnacht. Both albums were very favourably received by critics and audience alike.
In 2001, she played and sang with her father on a CD to mark the 50th anniversary of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
In the same year Bríd moved to Berlin, where she has lived ever since. There she met Robbie and Bernd and the Robbie Doyle Band was born.
You can sit back and enjoy her impressive singing, with songs in Gaelic, partly from the repertoire of her parents, and her enchanting harp playing at every performance. You will be in good company – the last three presidents of Ireland did the same when she was invited to their celebrations to sing and play for them.