About Arvel Bird
Nashville, TN, US
"Braveheart Meets Last of the Mohicans . . . at Woodstock"!
Arvel Bird, a Celtic Fusion recording artist, is known around the world for his dramatic connection between Native American and Celtic traditions. 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. Whether as a duo or with his full band, Arvel delivers one of the best shows you'll ever see.
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. 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.
Bird has released 20 CDs and two DVDs, earning him numerous music awards. In 2010, he took home top honors for Best Instrumental Album at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Red River Jig, a collection of traditional Me'tis fiddle tunes.
His continuously evolving music is delighting audiences worldwide. 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 performance thrives, igniting concert venues, symphony halls, festivals and more, leaving his audiences inspired, transfixed and transformed.
2010 - Best Instrumental CD - Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
2010 – Best Traditional Instrumental Song – Indian Summer Music Awards
2009 – Best Instrumental – Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
2009 – Best Producer / Engineer – Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
2007 – Artist of the Year – Native American Music Awards
2007 – Best Instrumentalist – Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
2006 – Best Instrumental – Native American Music Awards
2006 – Best Contemporary Instrumental – Indian Summer Music Awards
2006 – Best Performing Artist – PowWows.com
2006 – Best Native American Band – PowWows.com
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