Internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Harry Bird has spent the last 15 years touring hundreds of venues all over Europe and beyond.
Be it Hebridean festival, Yorkshire folk club, London music hall, Dublin arts centre, German punk bar, Kiwi beach party or Basque fiesta, Harry always brings a passion for sharing his lyrically charged music and connecting with an audience.
An experienced circus and theatre musician he is a versatile storyteller with a warm, reflexive vocal delivery and a deft melodic guitar style. Drawing on his own British folk roots and those of others, his performances are an intimate cabaret of finally crafted songs, freewheeling anecdotes and good humour.
Original, entertaining and thought provoking, his energetic, feel-good shows are not to be missed.
“Songwriting genius… Simply magnificent”
– R2 magazine (UK)
“Fresh and entertaining as few others”
– Mondo Sonoro magazine (Spain)
“Pay attention for folk’s sake”
– Pure Mzine (Ireland)
After a long partnership with with travelling folksters the Rubber Wellies, 2023 has seen Harry collaborating with a cast of old friends and new to complete his first solo album, Mucho Picnic. Scheduled for release on 2nd December, the record is cut with familiar craft while continuing to push personal boundaries and promises to be his most assured offering to date. New to this City, his latest single, was released on 4th November following on from Pigs in the Grass, in June 2023, and Bead Off a String in October 2022.
Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies releases are: Long Way to Be Free (2009), The Bones on Black (2012), Kettle of Silver (2013) and the critically acclaimed Bricks and Feathers (2015) – voted #3 in Spain’s Top 10 national folk and americana albums of 2015 (Mondo Sonoro).
In the world of circus Harry has composed the soundtrack to four acrobatic street shows: Echadas a la Mar (2009) and Vademécum (2012) with the circus band Txintxo por Tatu, as well as the one-man-band loop extravaganza that is Paradoxa (2016) and the multi-instrumental, beat-infused Aukerak (2018).
On stage has appeared in the 5 star Bristol Old Vic Christmas 2022/23 production of The Nutcracker, in the role of Bear/Musician. This follows his role as Mr Ridley/Musician in A Christmas Carol, the 2018/19 and 2019/20 smash hit directed by the same creative team of Lee Lyford, Gwyneth Herbert and Tom Morris.
Harry has also co-read three Penguin audiobooks, singing with Gwyneth Herbert on: Ladybird Classic Nursery Rhymes Collection (2016), Ladybird Christmas Carol Treasury (2019) and Ladybird Lullabies: Songs for Bedtime (2020).
Born in Cambridge and raised in Amman, Cairo and Edinburgh, he lived for 15 years in Bilbao before moving back to Scotland and his current base in Glasgow.