Andrew Bird, also known as the Mad Fiddler Friend of Squirrel Nut Zippers, has been playing with them since Hot. He adds so much musically to the Zippers' sound- Klezmer, Gypsy, and even a hint of Bluegrass. Many fans wish that Bird would become a full-time Zipper, but he has his own band (more on that later). Thankfully, he found enough time to play on both Hot and Perrenial Favorites.
Click on the fiddles to see a list of tracks you can hear him on:
The Bowl of Fire Live Archive
(Described by the illustrious "ME" as "The Net's largest archive of B.O.F. photos and show descriptions")
Andrew Bird, a fiddle player from Chicago,first crossed paths with the Zippers at a music festival in Asheville, NC. He went to see them at a gig in Chicago, and announced that he HAD to play with them. After learning their set backstage, he took the stage and fiddled himself a place in the Zipper's hearts. Bird joined the band in New Orleans for the recording, and infected everyone with his musicianship and enthusiasm.
Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire is the name of his Chicago-based band. The lineup
includes Bird on violin and vocals, Kevin O'Donnell on drums,
Josh Hirsch on bass (Both O'Donnell and Hirsch were band mates
with Bird in Chicago's Charlie Nobody), James Mathus on guitar, Jack Fine
on trumpet, and Katherine Whalen on vocals.
After locally releasing a solo album called Music of Hair, Bird formed the band and released Thrills, which was eagerly snatched up by Rykodisc.
You USED to be able to get Music of Hair
by sending a check to Andrew at an adress on Granville Rd. in Chicago,
but the bugger moved. If you have that address and are ready to send
money, STOP! Your check will become part of the tangled web we call
the US Postal Service. Come back here for updates on getting the CD.
If you must hear Music of Hair NOW...well then
email me and I will make you a tape of my tape.
If you must hear Music of Hair NOW...well then email me and I will make you a tape of my tape.
Andrew Bird's second major release will be out soon.
Did you know you can also find his fiddle playing on these albums?:|
1995 Kilartan Road Joy to the Morning (see links for more Kiltartan info)
I have not been able to find the Chamisso poem, but I will keep looking.
Other Andrew Bird and Bowl of Fire Links:
Info on the musical Kiltartan Road
Dec. '98 article/interview with Andrew in NewCity
Bowl of Fire index on Billions.com
Andrew's page on LAUNCH.com
The Official Rykodisk Thrills Site
Chicago Centerstage bio of Andrew Bird
Ink19 (music e-zine) review of Thrills
NewCity article on Andrew, Jan. 1998
UBL/iMusic Andrew Bird profile
Bowl of Fire listing on Tourdates.com