11 July 1973, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A classically trained violinist, Bird studied music at Illinois Northwestern University, graduating in 1995. His early work was as a session musician for various acts in and around Chicago and he formed funk rock band Charlie Nobody, which was made up of Bird and fellow Northwestern University graduates. He was soon approached by Chicago swing revivalists Squirrel Nut Zippers for collaboration, and subsequently appeared on two of their albums as a violinist.
Bird released his first solo effort, Music Of Hair in 1996. The album was very much centred around Birds violin, incorporating a virtuosic classical playing style tinged with gypsy folk characteristics and accompanied by guitar. In 1998 after signing to Rykodisc Records, he released Thrills with his newly formed band, Andrew Birds Bowl Of Fire. This was followed by Oh! The Grandeur. In a similar vein to Music Of Hair, both these...
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