Brigid & Johnny Reedy
Brigid Reedy is a singer, songwriter, fiddler, poet, and storyteller who has become a singular young voice representing her beloved home state of Montana. Now twenty-two, Brigid’s writing draws considerably from her experience as a young woman living and working in the contemporary rural West. A natural and charismatic performer since the age of two, she imbues every performance with boundless enthusiasm, grace, passion, and soul. This, combined with her timeless, eclectic taste in music and love of words, makes Brigid a force in Western Americana music and poetry.
Brigid has traveled far beyond the hills of Montana to perform and share the stage with many personal heroes of both music and poetry. She is a sought-after performer featured at festivals across the country, with highlights including eight years at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, three years at the Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine, Texas, and recently an appearance at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee (where she is also honored to return as an Artist-In-Residence in May, 2023). Her exceptional musicianship, distinctive approach to repertoire, and strong sense of place have garnered recognition in books by Aaron Parrett and Charlie Seeman, who credit Brigid for carrying forward classic cowboy music and poetry and rich Montana fiddle traditions.
She has been profiled in publications including Western Horseman and as the cover story in Alta Magazine (Spring, 2020). She was recently interviewed on Andy Hedges’s acclaimed podcast, Cowboy Crossroads, and also appears on Hedges’s monumental 2023 CD project, Roll On Cowboys, alongside giants including Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Tom Russell.
Brigid is joined by her “little” brother, Johnny “Guitar” Reedy, whose physical stature and musical skills belie his age. At only seventeen, Johnny is a multi-instrumentalist with the sensitivity, subtlety and soul of a mature artist. Transcending the role of sideman, he has become a full-fledged collaborator, arranging music with Brigid for their Cowboy, Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, and Blues repertoire. Johnny’s passion for music from around the world combined with the Montana traditions he was steeped in make him an intriguing and inspiring musical partner. Together, Brigid and Johnny blend exceptional musicianship, sublime sibling harmonies, and a voracious appetite for “good” music, with their love of Montana, Western culture, and deep affection for each other to bring something unique and special to every performance.
Both Brigid and Johnny are currently full-time students at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana, where Johnny is studying English and Music while Brigid is pursuing a double-major in English and Natural Horsemanship (known colloquially in the Reedy house as a Cowboy Poetry Degree). In Dillon, Brigid and Johnny also apprentice with local master saddle-maker, George Holt, where they spend time soaking up traditional leather-working skills and George’s experiences of a life in the saddle. An extensive exhibit of Brigid’s leatherwork was recently curated and on display at the University of Montana Western’s Fine Arts Gallery.
Brigid and Johnny have recorded two albums together, Handmade (2018) and most recently Next ‘Go Round (2020), and hope to record their next project in the year ahead. Their enthusiasm and passion for music propel their ever-evolving sound forward.