Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.
— Tom Petty

Briget Boyle’s background ranges from the folk music of the Balkans to the folk music that surrounds her on the West Coast of the United States. A prolific songwriter, vocalist, and guitar player based in Oakland, California, Briget recently released her second solo album, The Next Line. The record was hailed as a “fascinating and gripping listen” by Gabriel Aikins of Substream Magazine.

Growing up in Los Angeles, Briget sang backup for her mother, recording artist Karen Tobin, and worked with her father in Hollywood's film scoring studios. She began writing songs as a teenager, but chose to concentrate for a time on interpreting traditional Balkan music. Briget sang for eight years with Kitka Eastern European Women's Vocal Ensemble, one of the most respected American groups performing Balkan folk music today.


Briget was the lead singer and percussionist for the Balkan ensemble Brass Menažeri, which collaborated with hip-hop artist Mr. Lif on the album Resilient. In November 2017, the album was released to great acclaim on the record label Waxsimile Productions.

Waxsimile, founded by Briget and her father, Tim Boyle, focuses on both profitable and equitable methods of creating musical products. Briget serves as the label's Creative Director.

Briget also sings and plays guitar with True Life Trio, a Bay Area–based group that delves deep into a vast array of folk music that lends itself to three-part vocal harmony, massaging and expanding the boundaries of these traditional styles.

Photos by April Renae and Odell Hussey