Fionnuala co-founded Dead Belgian with drummer Andy Delamere (Wizards of Twiddly) in 2007 after he introduced her to the unique and extraordinary Jacques Brel. The band became renowned for their inventive and honest interpretations of Brel's songs. Lead vocalist, guitarist and ukulele player, Fionnuala was suspected of channeling Brel himself with her explosive performances of intense drama, passion, humour and frailty, her vocals drawing comparisons to Nico, Antony Hegarty and Edith Piaf. She made one album with the band, their highly commended debut, LOVE & DEATH: THE SONGS OF JACQUES BREL. The album was recorded and mixed at Limefield Studios, Manchester, by John Ellis and legendary British folk music engineer and producer, Bill Leader. It has received rave reviews since its release in 2012.
"And in Fionnuala Dorrity singing in both French and English, they have their very own Piaf delivering passion and intensity in bundles over loose arrangements that seem to hit exactly the right levels of throwaway charm, joy, sorrow, frenzy, waywardness and fraught desperation."