Wallis Bird

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Wallis Bird
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Background information
Birth name Wallis Bird
Born (1982-01-29) 29 January 1982 (age 32)
Origin Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland
Genres Folk, Rockabilly, Acoustic
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2005–present
Labels Bird Records/Kaiserlich Koeniglich Records
Website Wallis Bird's official website
Notable instruments
Guitar, Vocal

Wallis Bird (born 29 January 1982, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland) is an Irish musician. She released her third self-titled studio album in 2012.

Biography[edit]

The first time Bird came into touch with music, she was six months old and received her first guitar from her father. Born left-handed, she lost five fingers of her left hand in a lawnmower accident, and having four sewn back on again. She became used to playing a right-handed guitar upside-down, which contributes to her unconventional style of playing. The Irish Times wrote: “The sheer visceral energy could kick-start an entire economy…”[1]

After school Bird moved to the Irish capital of Dublin to study songwriting at Ballyfermot Rock School. It was here that she met fellow band member Aoife O'Sullivan. During that time she kept on playing in small clubs or pubs as well as on major festivals. She moved to Germany in 2005. Prolonging her Germany trip she met her management Karakter Worldwide and other musicians and formed a new supporting band, including brothers Christian and Michael Vinne. After first tourings Berlin, London, Dublin, Cork, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Mannheim she decided to stay in Mannheim, where she lived for a year and a half.[citation needed] In 2006, Bird moved to London.[1] In 2008 the band was joined by Irish/Belgium musician Aidan. Bird records her material in her native Ireland, Germany and in her apartment in Brixton, London.[1] Since 2012, she resides in Berlin, Germany.

Music[edit]

Bird is often compared to singer-songwriters such as Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple or the young Janis Joplin. In her songs she fuses elements of traditional folk music, blues and funk with an energetic handmade rock sound. Her exceptional voice allows for a huge repertoire from soft folk ballads to rousing power songs.[citation needed]

Accompanied by her band colleagues, the brothers Christian and Michael Vinne and Aoife O'Sullivan, she frequently tours throughout Europe. In April 2006 her debut EP "Branches Untangle" was independently released both Germany by her own label "Bird Records".

In October 2006, Bird signed a worldwide recording contract with Island Records Group UK. The "Moodsets EP" was released for download and on vinyl on 30 July 2007, with her debut album Spoons following on 18 September 2007 in Germany. Her song "Counting to Sleep" was chosen by iTunes as their 'Single of the Week' and the digital release of her album Spoons subsequently reached the Top 10 in the UK Album Download Chart. In the UK, her single, "Blossoms in the Street" was released on 15 October 2007, with the physical release of Spoons following 22 October 2007.

In February 2008, Bird toured the UK as support act for soul star Gabrielle, and later that year with Billy Bragg.

In 2009 (Ireland/UK) and 2010 (Rest of Europe), Bird released her second album New Boots, which entered the Irish album charts on No. 11, played over 80 headlining shows through Europe and supported over 20 shows in Europe of Rodrigo y Gabriella. During the festival summer she played over 15 festivals in Europe, including Montreux Jazz Festival, Oxegen Festival, Frequency Festival, Rock En Seine, Lowlands and Pukkelpop.

In January 2011, Bird toured with Anaïs Mitchell's performance of her album Hadestown, providing opening support whilst also taking part in the main production of the show. In November 2011, Bird released a special limited edition sole acoustic album (limited to 1000 copies) called The Mistakes are Intentional. Bird recorded the solo versions in her home in London during the summer of 2011. The CD is packaged in a wallet which has been hand-stitched by Bird herself. Bird made this album in anticipation of the release of her third album.

Bird performed at the Eurosonic Festival in 2012 when Ireland was the "Spotlight Country".[2]

Wallis Bird (2012)[edit]

  • Bird released her third studio album on 9 March 2012 in the Republic of Ireland,[3] Germany, Austria and Switzerland.[4] The album was recorded in Berlin, Germany. The first single, "Encore", was released on 2 March. The music video debuted on 1 February,[5] and had been shot in Berlin.

Architect (2014)[edit]

Architect is the fourth studio album by Bird. The album was released on 11 April 2014. The first single from the album was 'Hardly Hardly' released across Europe on 28 March and 4 April 2014 respectively.

Awards[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
IRL
[6]
DE
FRA
BEL
AUT
[7]
2007 Spoons
2009 New Boots 14 59
2012 Wallis Bird[8] 11 99 53 57 51
2014 ARCHITECT
  • Released: 11 April 2014
  • Label: Kaiserlich Koeniglich / Bird Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
24 93 67
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
IRL
[9]
UK
UK Indie
2007 "Blossoms in the Street" Spoons
2008 "Counting to Sleep"
"Just Can't Get Enough"
2009 "La La Land" New Boots
"To My Bones"
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.
  • "Blossoms in the Street", 15 October 2007
  • "Counting to Sleep", 10 March 2008 : Comhaireamh chun Codladh (Irish language version)
  • "Just Can't Get Enough", 22 October 2008
  • "To My Bones", 2009

Download-only releases[edit]

  • "The Circle EP" (Germany only)

Awards[edit]

  • Meteor Music Award (Category: "Hope for 2009"), 2009
  • Meteor Music Award (Category: "Best Irish Female"), 2010

Concerts (selection)[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

In October 2008, Bird recorded a cover of Depeche Mode's 1981 hit "Just Can't Get Enough" for The Sun newspaper's advertisement campaign. Following repeated requests from viewers, the song was digitally released in Europe as a double A-side single, together with Bird's own song "The Sunshine Song". In March 2010, Bird appeared on GOTV to present her favourite music videos and musical influences.[10] Her song "To My Bones" from the album New Boots featured on an advert for Wexford tourism in 2011.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "the all new wallisbird.com". Wallis Bird. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "RTÉ 2fm gearing up for EuroSonic". RTÉ Ten (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 5 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bird,wallis – Wallis Bird – CD – Tower Records Dublin Ireland". Towerrecords.ie. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wallis Bird [Vinyl LP]: Wallis Bird: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Wallis Bird – ENCORE – Official Video". YouTube. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.irish-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Wallis+Bird
  7. ^ Steffen Hung (19 March 2010). "Wallis Bird – New Boots". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Wallis Bird in den Singlecharts. chartsurfer.de
  9. ^ http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement?page=1
  10. ^ "gotv – hosted by Wallis Bird". Gotv.at. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Visit Wexford – Fun, Festive & Unforgettable". YouTube. 

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