Wallis Bird – Irish Artist of the Week
Irish musicians and bands over the years have found much success off this little island, especially on mainland Europe where Germany seems to be a hotbed of fresh Irish music and has been for some time. Our Irish Artist of the Week falls into this category and is none other than Wexford’s Wallis Bird.
Bird has covered several genres over her 4 studio album but is most known for her folky attributes. But she refuses to be pigeon holed and has changed and matured her music over the years, with the new album Architect showing signs of even further progression. Her live shows have the essence of a folk festival but the party atmosphere of a massive rock show. She has it all.
Wallis had very early introduction to music, receiving her first guitar at just six years old from her father. After attending music college in Ballyfermot, Bird moved to Germany, where she now lives, in hope of getting that big break.
It finally came in 2006, when she signed with Island records releasing her debut album Spoons in late 2007, followed by New Boots in 2009. After numerous headline shows and support shows in support of her second album which spanned nearly 3 years, she finally took a bit of time to write and record her 3rd and self-titled album in 2012.
Her latest album was released just last week to critical acclaim. In support of this, she plays a short Irish tour at the end of the month, kicking it off with an acoustic set in Tower Records on Friday 25th at 3pm before rocking The Academy that night, following that up with Monroes, Galway on Saturday 26th and the Cork Opera House on Sunday 27th.
Check out the Dublin Concerts review of ‘Architect’.
By Pat Byrne