The best way to sum-up an artist who combines so many different styles is with the person themselves – hence the reason for self-titling her new upcoming album. A musical magpie whose mature, self-affirming songs display an unusual emotional breathes, Wallis defies categorization. The Irish artist has paid her dues, shredding her fingers and breaking string after string from the sheer force of playing on stages small and large across Europe, and throwing her entire soul into each performance with a level of energy that makes her an unassailable force of nature.
Wallis Bird cannot and should not be pigeonholed easily. Capable of the delicate, gossamer-thin ballads that her tiny 5ft2 frame would suggest, she can also summon up a whirl wind of passion and rage in the blink of an eye. Her performances can transition seamlessly from the defiant anthems that can motivate thousands of festival goers into a rousing sing-along, to the most hushed and fragile ballads that can captivate an audience into a spellbound silence.
‘Wallis Bird’ was written and recorded in 3 places that, while geographically separate, were all deliberately chosen to impose their unique atmospheres onto the songs. From the communist broadcasting station in Berlin, of the former GDR where the government broadcast it’s propaganda until the Berlin wall came down, to an isolated ghost ridden cottage on a godforsaken cliff edge in Ireland during the worst snow storms in 30 years, to her own flat in Brixton South London. The result is a record that strives to make sense of the chaos around us all!
This is Wallis’s third Album which follows her debut ‘Spoons’ and 2009’s ‘New Boots’, both of which saw her garner critical acclaim. A double meteor award winner in Ireland, it’s not surprising she has played at some of the biggest festivals in Europe.
*** ‘The sheer visceral energy of Wallis Bird could kick-start an entire economy’ – The Irish Times.
Wallis Bird has something special, she has ability to mystify and captivate her audience. Her music is unpredictable and exhilarating while also being emotive and touching.
See Wallis Bird live @ Whelan’s October 24th, tickets €19 incl booking fee