Wallis Bird

Black Deer Festival Wallis Bird

Wallis Bird

 
Wallis Bird is steadily becoming a household name, and not only in her native Ireland.
Nominated for a Choice Music Prize at home in 2017, sheǯs also been making big waves in mainland Europe. She won a Deutsche Musikautorenpreis – a national prize chosen by composers and awarded to their peers – and was the only non-German up for an award; a huge and rare achievement.
 
Wallis has been touring relentlessly all over the world since the release of her last album Home. The tour encompassed over 70 shows, with Wallis playing to rapturous audiences across Europe, Japan and Australia. On the Australian leg of the tour, Wallis gained a new fan in American artist Amanda Palmer, who tweeted repeatedly to her million-plus followers to go and catch a show. Palmer subsequently invited Wallis to join her on stage for a duet during one of her festival appearances, and Wallis reciprocated by having Palmer sing at one of her own headline shows.
 
Wallis’ energy on stage is one of her trademarks; even the Irish Times once noted it could kickstart an entire economy. She’s twice played 12-hour gigs in aid of refugee charities, even finding enough strength to play an encore. Never your average troubadour, Wallis already has two Irish Meteor Awards to her name, and has recorded for Island Records and Columbia Records, as well as toured with the likes of Rodrigo y Gabriela and Billy Bragg. Though you might not catch another 12-hour show anytime soon, you can be sure that few can
enrapture an audience the way Wallis Bird can.
 

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