Bird, Andrew (Wegman)
- Matthew A. Donahue
(b Lake Bluff, IL, July 11, 1973). American singer, songwriter, and violinist. He is known for his eclectic sound recordings and dynamic live performances that draw on jazz, blues, folk, and art rock. He learned the violin from the age of four by the Suzuki method and attended Northwestern University, where he received a degree in violin performance (BM 1996). After releasing an album under his own name, Music of Hair, (Grimsey Records, 1996) he recorded and performed with the swing band Squirrel Nut Zippers (1996–8). He subsequently formed his own group, Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire, with which he released three albums, Thrills (Rykodisc, 1998), Oh! The Grandeur (Rykodisc, 1999), and The Swimming Hour (Rykodisc, 2001). Bird was also a member of Kevin O’Donnell’s group Quality Six, in which he was the singer and violinist and contributed to songwriting on two albums released on Delmark Records....