Harry Bird is a Glasgow based singer-songwriter, composer, circus musician and actor. As a solo performer and as frontman of travelling folksters the Rubber Wellies he has toured hundreds of venues all over Europe and beyond. Original, entertaining and thought provoking, his intimate feel-good shows are not to be missed.
“Songwriting genius… Simply magnificent”
– R2 magazine
“Fresco y divertido como pocos”
(“Fresh and entertaining like few others”)
– Mondo Sonoro magazine
To date he has released three albums of his own songs as Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies: Long Way to Be Free (2009), The Bones on Black (2012) and the critically acclaimed Bricks and Feathers (2015) – voted #3 in Spain’s Top 10 national folk and americana albums of 2015 (Mondo Sonoro). He is currently recording a solo album due for release next year.
In the world of circus he 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 he can be seen this Christmas in the Bristol Old Vic‘s new production of The Nutcracker, running from November 24th 2022 to January 7th 2023. 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 the Basque Country before moving back to Scotland and his current base on the west coast.