Briste developed towards the end of 2015, although the girls; Emma, Joanna and Alison have been playing traditional music together from a very young age. They are known widely throughout Ireland with an exceptional talent and have been extremely lucky to hold many Ulster and All Ireland medals.
As well as being traditional musicians, Briste love to branch out into different genres for example, folk and American Country.
Joanna and Emma have been playing professionally with Síoda for almost five years. Likewise, Emma and Alison have been a part of the Pj McDonald Band. Both together and separately, the girls have played in various concert halls, venues and sessions all over the world and have decided to form the trio to a combine a mixture of sounds they have acquired over the years and together and have exciting plans for the future ahead.
Alison Crossey is a Bodhrán and Guitar player from Lurgan, Co Armagh. Playing music from the age of 12 she has competed in competitions to County, Ulster and All Ireland level and went on to teach the Bodhrán to students from her home town for them to reach great Ulster and All Ireland stages.
Alison went on to play with Dance show Rhythm of the Dance and completed an American and European tour with them playing some of the most fantastic venues in the world. She also toured with an 8 piece girl group from Ireland called Gané. Alison is a member of a new project with The PJ McDonald Band who have an exciting future ahead.
Over the years Alison has been fortunate to support and share the stage with some fantastic artists including Four Men and a Dog,
PJ McDonald, Francis Black, Flook, North Cregg, The Dublin City Ramblers, Brian Kennedy and Dick Gaughan etc
Emma Robinson is a flute and whistle player from Lurgan, Country Armagh. She had been playing music since the age of 10 and has taken part in many Fleadh Cheoil competitions receiving many medals at county, provincial and All Ireland levels. She is a music graduate from Queens university Belfast and is now a music teacher both privately and in organisations such as the Armagh Pipers Club and local Comhaltas Branches.
Emma was taught by her Granda, flute player Gough Glenn and together they travelled Ireland learning and playing together. Other influences include Brendan Mulholland, Matt Molloy, Michael McGoldrick and Brian Finnegan but also enjoys listening to new and innovative bands such as Flook and Beoga etc.
Emma has been fortunate enough to share the stage with outstanding musicians such as Flook, Four Men and a Dog, Beoga, KAN, The Ollam, The Mairtin O'Connor Trio, Damien O'Kane trio, Mary Dillon and Sí Van among many more. She has also had the privilege of touring the world with her music in bands such as Síoda, The Bernadette Morris Band, The Gráinne Holland Band and The Pj McDonald Band.
Joanna Boyle is from Glaslough, County Monaghan and plays banjo and sings. She started playing banjo at the age of 9 and has been competing in competitions ever since. She has won several County, Ulster and All Ireland titles through the years. Joanna has taken up singing over the last few years purely for enjoyment but hasn’t entered into competitions, yet.
Her main influences are Delores Keane, Tommy O’Sullivan, Enda Scahill , Cathal Hayden.. to name but a few.
Joanna has had the utmost privilege of playing alongside amazing bands and Musicians such as The Mairtin O'Connor Trio, Four Men and a Dog, KAN, Mary Dillon, Sí Van, The Ollam, Damien O’Kane and many more brilliant musicians.
Joanna is a Graduate of Music in University of Ulster, Magee, Derry.
Briste are together now for over 5 years and have travelled all over the world bringing their new fresh and exciting sound to many festivals and venues across the globe.
The girls have been involved in TV programmes BBC’s Trad Ar Fad and TG4’s Oiche nc mBan playing alongside artists such as BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Rioghnach Connolly, Country singer Lisa McHugh, Pop singer Una Healy and The fantastic John Mcsherry Band and many more. Briste are recording their debut album and are excited for the future ahead.