After a listen to her songs and a glance through her biography, you won’t believe Brighid Fry is only 14 years old and just entering her first year of High School in September. The talented and hard working songwriter and multi instrumentalist has grown up going to folk festivals and concerts and been lucky enough to play alongside Canadian music legends. A violin student from age 4, Brighid has studied with Michael Johnston (The Skydiggers), Lori Cullen, Kritty Uranowski (Patti Cake), Nancy Lokan (JCC Suzuki Strings) and takes guitar and mandolin with Joel Schwartz (Birds of Chicago).
As a former member of the Viva Youth Singers, Brighid has sung for the National Ballet at the Four Seasons Centre. She made her solo debut as a 7 year old at Hugh’s Room where she was accompanied by Sarah Slean and she has performed at famed venues such as The Black Sheep Inn, Lula Lounge, The Cameron House, The Silver Dollar, The Tranzac Club, The Randolph Theatre, Hugh’s Room, Burdock Music Hall, The Gladstone Hotel, Upper Canada Playhouse, Harbourfront and many others. As a soloist and with her bands (currently she is a member of Kingdom of Birds and Moscow Apartment) Brighid has played at Canada Music Week, NXNE, Hillside Inside, World Pride, Familypalooza, The Dundas West Fest, BIG on Bloor, the Indie Kids Festival, the Open Tuning Festival, the Major-Minor Festival, Spring into Parkdale, Small Print Toronto events, Shameless Magazine launches and local community festivals. This coming summer, Brighid will be playing with Kingdom of Birds at the Arts & Crafts curated Field Trip and with Moscow Apartment at Waterstock, The Winnipeg Folk Festival & Summerfolk.
An accomplished songwriter who has had numerous songs played on CBC, Brighid participated in the Youth Songwriting Intensive as part of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour festival in August 2014 and was able to work with and perform with celebrated east coast songwriter Ben Caplan. She has also participated in the Song Studio, the Barrie Youth Songwriters showcase. Brighid was a nominees for young songwriter of the year by the Toronto Independent Music Awards in 2016 and one of the songs she co-wrote for Kingdom of Birds has been reviewed as “a smoky, slow burner with haunting vocals and instrumentation so full of atmosphere and emotion, it’s very hard not be moved by it”. “Enchanting vocals, wonderful harmonies and extraordinarily crafted, deeply textured, arrangements”.
Brighid has been an active member of the Toronto Girls Rock Camp community since its inception in 2011. GRC Toronto has helped her understand the need for women in music and Brighid is an outspoken advocate for encouraging more diversity in the music industry and creating more spaces for young women musicians to feel empowered and mentored. Brighid ran an open mic for young people in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto for 2 years (Sugar Mountain Sundays) and appears in the award winning feature length documentary about Women in Music called “Play Your Gender”.
Drawing on inspiration from artists such as Joni Mitchell, Feist, Metric, Stars, New Order, The Smiths, Serena Ryder, The Hidden Cameras (who she has played with), Brighid is continually pushing herself to grow as a songwriter, musician and performer. Check out why the Toronto Star called her Toronto’s “Tween Queen of Rock” and the Globe and Mail described her as a “poised and eloquent” as well as a part of a remarkable band.