Breabach Biography


Securely ranked among Scotland’s most skilled and imaginative contemporary folk acts, Breabach unite deep roots in Highland and Island tradition with the innovative Scottish music scene. In December 2023 the band were finalists in ‘Album of the Year’ at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Later that month the band released their collaborative lockdown soundtrack to a brand new animation entitled Dùsgadh to the public. The feature had been recorded during lockdown and previously released in private ticketed screenings to great acclaim including being entered into the Official Selection: Edinburgh International Film Festival and the FilmG Open Competition in 2023. In December 2022 Breabach were the winners of ‘Folk Band of the Year ’at the BBC ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. To date they have released seven increasingly acclaimed albums, whilst fuelling their creative appetites in collaborations with BAFTA award winning animator Cat Bruce on short film Dùsgadh, indigenous Australasian artists Moana & The Tribe, Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord, video game composer Big Giant Circles and as artists-in-residence at 2019’s Celtic Colours festival with Cape Bretoners, Beòlach.

2023 saw the band present their music widely across the United States, the UK and Europe with 2024 set for more performances in North America, Scandinavia and beyond. Fàs (a Gaelic word meaning growth) is an album heavily inspired by the natural environment of Scotland and sees the band showcase more progressive elements in their music than ever before. Produced by esteemed musician Inge Thomson, engineered & mixed by Iain Hutchison at GloWorm Recording Studios in Glasgow and mastered by Peter Beckmann, the record also features collaborations with analogue synth player Keir Long and Gaelic lyricists & musician Ewen Henderson. The protection, conservation and regeneration of the natural world influenced every part of the album making process, from song composition and sourcing material to the recording process and album production.

Breabach are; Megan Henderson (Fiddle/Vocals), James Lindsay (Double Bass/Vocals), Calum MacCrimmon (Highland Bagpipe/Whistle/Bouzouki/Vocals), Conal McDonagh (Highland Bagpipe/Whistle/Vocals) and Ewan Robertson (Guitar/Cajon/Vocals). Their 19 year adventure has included live performances from Sydney Opera House to Central Park New York, Cambridge Folk Festival to WOMAD New Zealand. They have racked up an impressive array of accolades including six ‘Scots Trad Music Awards’, nominations as ‘Best Group ’(BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards), ‘European Album of the Year ’(Songlines Music Awards) and the ‘Quarterly Critic’s Choice’ (German Record Critic’s Award 2023).

Breabach reviews

“Matching fiery intensity with exquisite finesse, this was a magnificent set” The Scotsman ★★★★★
“Exhilarating, energetic and accomplished” Songlines ★★★★

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