"Arvel Bird reaches into his Paiute heritage for his inspiration. But more than that, he also delves into his Scottish ancestry, resulting in a fascinating approach to music. Interestingly, he combines rhythms in a fascinating way: reels going into jigs, hornpipes combined with polkas, and so on a challenge for a dancer, perhaps, but for the listener, pure delight.
Technically, he has a tremendous approach to fiddling, with a great understanding of ornamentation. "Star of the County Down" emerges with a lonely fiddle against a bowed bass drone. Once the scene is set, the double stops on fiddle are spine-chilling.
Accompanying him is a fine set of musicians on guitar, bass, accordion, pipes, flute, whistle, mandolin and bodhran. The sounds they create harmonize so well with Bird, making this a real must to listen to.
Add the three bonus tracks (including the albums sole vocal track) that take a slightly different direction, and you have 55 minutes of superb entertainmen
““Arvel Bird’s music is stirring, deep, passionate – every kind of sensational!””
Spiritual Living Center, Salt Lake City, UT
““Our season ticketholders, used to standard concert series fare, were ecstatically surprised by the performance of Arvel Bird and One Nation. In addition to the heartful Native American drumming, storytelling, and flute music, the fine classical talents of the violin-playing Mr. Bird brought in music ranging from Celtic to Boogie to Blues and Folk. His beautifully costumed performance was both athletic and electrifying. Our audiences were entranced, both the nearly 500 adults at the evening concert and the 200 second graders who witnessed the educational morning performance at their school.””
South Florida Center for the Arts, Key Largo, FL
““I highly recommend Arvel Bird for lectures, discussions, presentations, and performances at colleges and universities. He was truly a joy to host, and the students who met him and heard him will obviously never forget him!””
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
““Arvel Bird’s performance was nothing short of amazing. He delivered it all – professionalism, virtuosity, and unrivaled excellence in audience connectivity. His mesmerizing storytelling, his consummate musicianship and the absolute integrity of his art (the man, quite obviously, IS his music) transformed our concert goers.””
University of Wisconsin – Marathon County
“The composition Celtic Connection reminds me I have always enjoyed the connection with our Celtic brothers. Anyone with the first name Jamison better love his Celtic background or he’ll end up battling his way out of the bar. It starts with a solid vocal intro featuring the violin next to it over something that sounds like a traditional Scottish or Irish folk tune.
The thing that dominates my thoughts as I finish up my ride is thinking there is a noticeable lack of any vibrato in the violin technique being presented. Is that an intellectual position taken by Mr. Bird to portray the difference in the two traditions? It is, in a way, a rejection of the western tradition inasmuch as that can be understood coming from the place he comes from and we all as Native Americans know where home is as I pick up my pace headed for that place where my space is kept and the writing gets done.””
Native American Times
““Bird’s music has been dubbed ‘Global Native Fusion’ and for good reason. The 2007 Nammy award winner for Artist of the Year incorporates an eclectic mix of styles into his music. An experienced professional who has toured with many legends of country music ,including Glen Campbell, Tom T. Hall and Loretta Lynn, Bird is proficient playing everything from bluegrass to classical, Celtic (he’s part Scottish) to New Age.
His latest record, Tribal Music Suite: Journey of a Paiute, is a historically accurate instrumental concept record focusing on Native American hero Quaninch, his life journey, and the impact of Europeans on Southern Paiute culture. Songs such as “Birth and Tribal Life,” “Healing Waters of Love,” and “The Journey Home” unfold before the listener like a favorite novel. Originally written for symphony orchestra performance, Tribal Music Suite makes for some very theatrical flute music. But don’t let the neoclassical overtones intimidate you, this is a”
Cowboys and Indians Magazine