Wild and unpredictable, 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 whirlwind 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-a-long, to the most hushed and fragile ballads that can captivate an audience into a spellbound silence.
A two-time Irish Meteor Award winner, mostly recently for Best Female Artist, and a nominee for Ireland’s prestigious Choice Music Prize, Bird has toured with Billy Bragg, The Gossip, Emiliana Torrini, ZAZ, The Feeling and Rodrigo y Gabriela among others, as well as playing sold-out headline shows and some of the biggest festivals around Europe. Her performance at Paris’ Rock en Seine Festival was so powerful that one of France’s biggest newspapers, Le Monde, singled her out alongside the Arcade Fire as the highlight of the festival. Wherever Wallis can be found, she stands out as a powerful, contradictory presence – one that can unite audiences anywhere she plays.