Heg Brignall is a folk singer and songwriter based in the South West, UK. She writes and performs with Heg & The Wolf Chorus; new folk duo Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall; she directs, writes and arranges for The Great Sea Choir and teaches singing privately in Devon/Bristol as well as at Folk Singing Retreats.
Heg is an accomplished composer and arranger and writes music on a commission basis. In 2018 she composed the score for the major Cirque Bijou spectacle show Portolan which took place across the River Wear in Sunderland and featured on BBC Four. She is currently working on another project with Cirque Bijou.
Heg's passion for a cappella vocal harmony weaves it's way through all her various musical projects. Her choral arrangements for The Great Sea Choir are textured and vibrant, creating dramatic and exciting music which pushes the boundaries of community choir repertoire. The forty strong choir perform with growing ambition, holding their own at large, professional events and festivals.
As a songwriter she takes inspiration from stories she collects, from tracing her family tree around America; to interviewing her Grandfather about his time as a prisoner of war; to using other peoples stories and turning them into songs. These stories create the foundation of her music, creating folk songs that document the tales from which they came. She takes inspiration from fairy tales, folklore, legends and other fiction - often with a personal element running underneath the obvious meaning of the lyrics.
Heg teaches singing privately in Devon and Bristol and is passionate at working with singers on a holistic level. She enables people of all ages, abilities and genders to use singing and breathing technique to release their voices encouraging them to create their best sound. She incorporates and teaches singing technique to all her choir groups, empowering singers with tools to sing with confidence, strength and resonance.
In her own performing, Heg uses her bright voice with versatility, creating crisp characterful melodies that transport and enchant the listener. She has received praise from the likes of BBC Introducing, fRoots Magazine; award nominations from FATEA magazine; received funding from EFDSS; performed at many festivals and venues including Sidmouth Folk Week, Cambridge Folk Festival, London's Union Chapel, Cecil Sharp House, English Folk Expo. 2016 marked the release of her debut album Raising The Fires and she is currently working on a second album as well as new material with her folk duo.