Brid McGowan is a musician from Enniscrone, Co. Sligo coming from the fourth generation of the renowned Donagher family. Brid first started playing music when she was four years of age teaching herself to play the tin whistle firstly and then the flute and piano. Brid also learned to dance from the age of five in her hometown of Sligo and is a particular lover of Sean Nós dancing and visits Feile Joe Heany in Carna Co-Galway annually. She has performed and competed in the TG4 Oireachtas Sean Nós festival.
She progressed to learn harp from Gráinne Hambley when she was fifteen, after falling in love with the sound of the harp. Brid won the All Ireland in the 15-18 lilting and participated in the Teampall Bui Ceili Band which went on to win the under 18 All Ireland Ceili Band.
Brid’s love for music brought her to UCC where she studied BA (Music) and has just completed her Masters in Performance this year, also in UCC. Brid has been a leading member of the Trad Society in UCC where they have organised different events including the annual Trad Fest. She especially loves to compose her own material and is currently working on compiling a solo album. She currently teaches students harp, flute, tin whistle, piano, singing, Sean Nós dancing and groups all around Cork, where she is now based.
Brid is a qualified Comhaltas judge and adjudicates in different areas.
In May 2017, Bríd organised a music festival in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo called ‘Live on Air’ around her fathers ‘Quirky Nights Glamping Village’. She had many different genres of music playing at Live on Air, and Irish traditional music was a huge part of it, along with pop, rock, jazz, folk, hip hop, electronic and Indie. The headline acts consisted of Hermitage Green, The Riptide Movement, Wyvern Lingo, Na Mooneys, Moxie, Rusangano Family, Lisa Canny and many more.
Bríd has recently written a new album of new alternative music, using harp, voice, bongos with a loop pedal. She would describe this music as ‘acoustic dance’. This music is all under the name BRÍDÍN. She performs as Bríd McGowan when performing Irish traditional music.