Arvel Bird - Celtic Fusion Recording Artist
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Arvel Bird - Celtic Fusion Recording Artist

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE
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"Arvel Bird Titanic Centennial"

Arvel Bird has long been known as “The Lord of the Strings.” He is a violinist and flutist that has become an award winning international sensation for his blending of Native American and Celtic sound. Bird’s mastery of his music is transcendent, going beyond the obvious and using his knowledge of Classical, Bluegrass, Folk, Celtic and Appalachian to craft a musical blend of genres that focuses on the violin as lead instrument. In his newest album, Titanic Centennial, Bird has done just that. His creative vision shines through to bring to life an epic event in history that still holds a fascination for us to this day. With the Centennial of Titanic’s sinking in April of 2012, this album resonates through the ages as we give tribute to the musicians, crew and passengers of that magnificent ship and the fateful night that forever haunts our dreams.
Picking only three songs to write about on this album was a challenge, as the entire album was a journey into the fateful night that claimed an unsinkable ship. “Celtic Connection” is the first track on the album and it springs to life with rapid fire violin playing and beautiful female vocals, shifting gears to a more classical Celtic violin sound. The music pouring from Bird’s instrument is sure and true, inviting us in to experience the might and majesty that dwelled in the Irish craftsman that made this incredible ship. You also hear the inspiration and hope that immigrants felt, looking toward America as “Farewell to Ireland” begins its bittersweet lament. Love of homeland conflicts with the desire for a better life, and so they embark on a journey that will ever change history. The slow and steady lament becomes a joy filled boot stomper of a celebration as the possibilities of a grand future shine in the distance. Bird captures the emotion perfectly and the energy pouring from the violin is remarkable.
“Adrift in the Dark” is theatrical music at its best. Sounds of the sea combine with ambient music, all but sending the water out of your speakers. Noises from the ship blend with flute playing to make you feel the mist of the sea air on your face. Panic filled bells and shouts ensue. Pulses race as the music turns disjointed and discordant. Crashing glass, whistles, people calling out in panic and sliding into the water as lights go dim. Passengers and crew alike gasp their last breaths as the frigid water closes over their heads. This piece is a true journey of what that night must have been like for those fated to be a part of Titanic’s history.
“Distant Shore” tinkles to life with erratic piano music spinning into Celtic flute playing. For the survivors of Titanic, seeing their rescuers and arriving at their destination must have been a bittersweet journey indeed. The pulsing and spiraling flute married with the proud violin music brings to life the shuddering relief of seeing the distant shore of America on the horizon and knowing they were going to live their dream, even while mourning their loved ones buried forever under the bottomless ocean waves.
Arvel Bird is a musician who is in constant evolution. He is almost always on tour, connecting with his fans in symphony halls and festivals. His method of fusing his Scottish and Native American ancestry to craft a unique blend of musical fusion is truly a delight to the ears. With Titanic Centennial, Bird nods his head toward the traditional songs played by bandleader Wallace Hartley and his three band members as they played to calm the passengers even as the ship went down. In original arrangements, Bird winds these pieces through his work, bringing the fateful voyage to life as we go on an audible journey of sound and sensation as the ship meets its fate. This album is magnificent and if you have ever been intrigued by the Titanic or Celtic fusion music, you owe it to yourself to listen.
- Dana Wright - Muzik Reviews Staff


Titanic Centennial: Commemorative Special Edition (2012)
Celtic Nation (2011)
From the Heart of a Paiute (2011)
Storyteller (2011)
Red River Jig (2010)
Ride, Indian, Ride (2010)
Tribal Music Suite: Journey of a Paiute (2008)
One Nation (2008) - Out of Print
Music for Wellness and Bliss (2008)
Arvel Bird and One Nation (2006) - Out of Print
Ananeah (2006)
Winds of the East (2006)
Animal Totems 2 (2005)
Arvel Bird LIVE! (2004)
Animal Totems (2002)
Big Chief Quetoos, Paiute Country Fiddle (2003)
Christmas with Arvel and Fred (2003) - - Out of Print
Rakish Paddy (2002)
My Cabin Don’t Leak (2002) - Out of Print
Birdstock: Fiddle Tunes for the Birds (2001) - Out of Print

Arvel Bird at Roots & Rhythm DVD (2009)
Arvel Bird Live at Schemitzun (2006) - Out of Print

Documentaries: Native American Sacred Places, Sacred Journey, Mighty Mac, Icebreaker Mackinaw.
Short films: Spirit Mountain, Animal Totems (music video), Patrick, Pirate Fantasy, Field Trip, A Secret World, Lost Souls: Lighthouses & Shipwrecks.
Feature Films: The Boyhood of Abraham Lincoln: The Making of the Man, The Spirit of Abraham Lincoln



Arvel Bird, a violinist and Native American flutist, is known around the world for his dramatic connection between Celtic and Native American traditions, stirring up scenes that echo from North American memory. Dubbed “Lord of the Strings” by fans and music critics, his music evokes the soul of North American history and is thoroughly entertaining, but also enlightening and humanizing. In a language and experience that captures the hearts of all audiences, he’s emotional without being condescending, intellectual without being pretentious. One measure of any art form is when the medium is so mastered that it becomes transparent, allowing its message to be seen, heard and felt. Arvel Bird has achieved that mastery.

Bird’s first private violin teacher in Salt Lake City saw his early potential. She brought the magic of music to life and taught him to play with passion. Bird attended Arizona State University on music scholarship, and later transferred to Champagne/ Urbana, IL where he studied classical violin with renowned Hungarian violinist Paul Roland at the University of Illinois.

As he worked to develop his own music style and a large and loyal following, Bird went wherever the music called him, which led him away from classical and towards Bluegrass, Appalachian, Folk and Celtic. During his years in the Midwest, Bird won the Indiana State Fiddle Contest four times while still perfecting a variety of musical styles. Bird returned to Arizona in 1986 and was quickly hired by Glen Campbell to tour worldwide for six years.

In 1991, he moved to Nashville and also toured with Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall, Ray Price, Louise Mandrell, Clay Walker, and others. His dream to record and perform using the violin as a lead instrument – completely contrary to the Nashville view of the fiddle as a backup or side-musician instrument -began in 2001. The result was a fusion of both his Scottish (Clan Kennedy) and Native American (Southern Paiute) roots that are uniquely his own and intricately woven throughout his songs.

Bird has released 20 CDs and two DVDs, earning him numerous music awards. In 2009, he took home top honors for Best Instrumental Album and Best Producer/ Engineer (with Grammy-winning producer Tom Wasinger and Nashville engineer Chas Williams) at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Tribal Music Suite: Journey of a Paiute. In 2007, he was voted Artist of the Year by his fans and peers at the Native American Music Awards. Bird led with six nominations at the 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and took home honors for Best Traditional Instrumental.

His continuously evolving music is delighting audiences worldwide. His most recent album, Titanic Centennial: Commemorative Special Edition, released in September 2011, is a fusion of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, in a tribute to the passengers, crew and musicians aboard the Titanic that fateful night in April 1912.

Although based in Nashville, TN, Bird is permanently on the road, connecting with audiences the old-fashioned way. . . live. This is where Arvel’s emotionally driven performances thrive, igniting concert venues, symphony halls, festivals and more, leaving his audiences inspired, transfixed and transformed.