About

Based in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, the duo Brian Ó hEadhra | Fionnag NicChoinnich perform songs from the Gaelic tradition as well as newly composed material drawing inspiration from music and cultures primarily from the North Atlantic fringe.

Brian is originally from Dublin, Ireland and Fionnag from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. Over the past 25 years the duo have played around the world as solo performers and with various bands including Anam, Seelyhoo, Mackenzie, Cruinn, McKerron | Brechin | Ó hEadhra. They have recorded on over 30 albums between them on labels such as Linn Records, JVC Victor, Greentrax, Brechin All Records, Macmeanmna, and their own label, Anam Communications.

Both singers have performed on numerous television, radio and internet programmes and Fionnag has sung live on the Netflix historical blockbuster - Outlaw King. She has also sung on the soundtrack of the computer adventure game, The Bard's Tale IV; released by inXile in September 2018.

Fionnag NicChoinnich received the Gaelic Singer of the Year award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Awards 2020 whilst Brian was nominated for the same award in 2019.

The duo has recorded two albums; "TÌR - Highland Life & Lore" and "TUATH - Songs of the Northlands". TÌR was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2018 International Folk Awards. Both albums have received high critical and public acclaim with TÌR being described as “…destined to become a classic of contemporary folk music... an inspired, beautiful album” by Folk Radio and TUATH as a "masterpiece" by Irish Music Magazine.

Brian & Fionnag released their third album "Càirdeas" in April 2021 on their Anam Communications label. This album celebrates the songs of their past and will feature family and friends who have influenced and inspired them over the years.

"The most vocally talented, versatile and engaging male vocalist in Gaeldom." fRoots

Brian Ó hEadhra

Based in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, Brian Ó hEadhra is an acclaimed singer and songwriter performing with acts Brian Ó hEadhra | Fionnag NicChoinnich, Cruinn, and McKerron Brechin Ó hEadhra. Performing traditional and contemporary music and song, he has toured the globe with the band Anam and has recorded on over twenty albums over a thirty-year career.

Having been brought up in Newfoundland, Canada and Ireland, as well as having strong links with Scandinavia, Brian draws inspiration from our rich North Atlantic cultures and societies.

Brian has worked in arts management and Gaelic development over many years and is currently employed as Partnership Manager for Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Scotland's Gaelic language board.

Brian is a trustee of Findhorn Bay Arts, co-convener/founder of the North Atlantic Song Collective (NASC) and founder/co-director of Gaelic arts partnership - Ealantas. He owns and runs an independent record and music publishing company Anam Communications. Brian holds a BA Hons degree in Irish Folklore and English Literature from University College Dublin.

Fionnag NicChoinnich

Fionnag NicChoinnich is from the Isle of Lewis and has been singing and writing music in Gaelic and English from a young age. She has performed in bands and projects including Seelyhoo, Mackenzie, Anam, Cruinn, and Struileag.

She released a solo album entitled Elevate on Linn Records in 2006 which received high critical acclaim. In 2017 she sang and performed on two major media projects; The Outlaw King - a Netflix film which came out in 2018 and the computer game The Bard’s Tale IV.

Fionnag NicChoinnich received the Gaelic Singer of the Year award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Awards 2020 whilst Brian was nominated for the same award in 2019.

Fionnag has worked as a music tutor for various youth projects in the Highlands including the Youth Music Initiative, run by Fèis Rois, Eden Court classes and Arts Play. She currently works in archiving in the Highlands.

“Her voice ranges from gentle and tender to full and forceful, while her lyrics are always thought provoking and insightful. She also has a particularly ingenious turn of phrase, writing lyrics that invoke emotions on the listener.”
Living Tradition

“...a magnificent and often hauntingly evocative voice” Audiophile Audition