Founding of FemFolk UK, a platform for women and non-binary artists in UK Folk music (2019).
Two Residencies at the National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Manor, in Somerset, UK, (2019, 2020)
Nominated for two Edmonton Music Awards, Female Artist of the Year for "Ink and Water" (2016) and Adult Alternative Recording of the Year for "Sweet Things" (2017)
Mainstage Performances at Edmonton Folk Festival (2017), Canmore Folk Festival (2016, 2017)
Three album releases followed by cross-Canadian tours (2016, 2017, 2018)
Canadian songstress Ariana Brophy is the songwriting equivalent of mulled wine; sweet, nostalgic, perfectly paired with a rainy evening and a fireplace. Praised for her gorgeous vocals and heart-wrenching lyrics, Ariana draws upon the beautiful surroundings of her youth to instil vibrant images in her songwriting.Ariana’s listeners are invited to observe an unreserved and vulnerable portrait of the soul behind her lyrics and the vibrant landscapes that have shaped her.
Stephen Thomas, of Folkroom Records (UK) praised her as “one of [the Folkroom’s] stars of 2019,” saying “Her vocals.. songwriting, and the gentle warmth of her guitar result in a wonderful listening experience [akin to] sitting alone by a freshwater lake in the waning twilight… Perfection, in other words.” Ariana’s performances highlight strength in fragility and—with her balance of conversational humour and tales of human pain— prove that laughter can share a stage with tears.
Ariana has graced a number of stages across Canada in the UK, including Edmonton Folk Festival (2016), Canmore Folk Festival (2015, 2016), The Works Festival (2016, 2017), and Elsted Summer Festival (2019). In 2019, following a residency at the National Centre for Folk Arts in Somerset, UK, Ariana released her third album ‘Naked,’ as well as writing a song for the unreleased film, “I Had A King.” Following a return to the National Centre for Folk Arts in 2020, Ariana announced the upcoming release of her single “Her Name,” with a full-length album and UK tour to follow in the winter.
Ariana is now based in London, UK, though she travels to and performs often in Canada.
“Her vocals, her song-writing, and the gentle warmth of her guitar result in a wonderful listening experience. Like sitting alone, by a freshwater lake in the waning twilight, a small campfire crackling away beside you, the moon cut crescent in the sky above. Peace and quiet. Perfection, in other words….
Gorgeous, evocative songs are Ariana Brophy's wheelhouse. Her music is perfect for the darkening of the winter months - cosy, and warm. A musical fireside to settle down beside…
An absolute musical joy, we had no idea who Ariana Brophy was this time last year - but we've been doing our best to make up for that ever since. Ariana was our star of 2019, and will continue to draw our attention as long as she continues making music as warming and gently melancholic as she's been doing so far.”
- Stephen Thomas, Folkroom Records, London, UK
“When you listen to this record, be prepared to feel everything Ariana feels. Her ability to authentically connect and illicit raw emotion from the listener is unparalleled.”
- Rhea March, March Music Inc., Edmonton, Canada
“You could listen to about a thousand demos before you find a song as charming as “Aurora” from Brophy. This kind of chromatic singing is exceptional and extremely rare. Something about the acoustic folk sound reminds me a bit of Joni Mitchell, but really Brophy’s work stands on its own. This is a beautiful track for fans of acoustic, poetic singer songwriters.”
- Greg, Ear to the Ground Music Blog