Performers at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019
Wallis Bird (Ireland)
Wallis Bird's expressive vocals and driving guitar rhythms have been taking audiences by storm in the UK, Australia, Japan and across Europe. Every performance is characterised by a startling passion and presentness; one that frequently leaves Bird breathless and her acoustic guitar strings shredded. Her refreshing honesty, self-effacing manner has endeared her to audiences worldwide.
Now based in Berlin, in the last 10 years Bird has played over 1,000 shows in Europe, won two Meteor Awards (Ireland's national music prize), and been nominated twice for Irish Choice Music Prize for Best Irish Album of the In 2017 year.she became the first non-German citizen to win the German Music Prize—Deutsche Musikautorenpreis—in the category Rock/Pop for Composer of the Year.
She returns to Australia in March 2019 to perform at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, The Garden of Unearthly Delights and venues in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, followed by her first tour into New Zealand.
"Frank and endearingly tender, a tsunami of emotion... Magnificent." – MOJO, UK
"The sheer visceral energy of Wallis Bird could kick-start an entire economy." – Irish Times
"It's her humour and bold honesty that makes Bird so special." – The Guardian, UK
"The intensity of Wallis Bird's sound will pin you to the wall." – The Age
"HOME spectacularly demonstrates her dynamic range as singer, composer and arranger. Her songs meld together a number of styles, from traditional Irish folk to electronica. Her music is informed by rhythm and the tragic circumstances as a child that led to her unorthodox guitar playing... Wallis Bird has a reputation for being feisty on stage and on her recordings. 4.5 stars." – Iain Shedden – The Australian