Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Andrew Bird at Union Chapel

I only heard of Andrew Bird this year when he was part of the Rough Trade Album club but I thought as an acoustic singer-songwriter he would be a good fit for the venue.

The show was better than I could have expected though. Bird (on stage by himself) mostly plays violin with a Phrase Recorder to create a layered sound and manages the trick far better than previous people I have seen use it. He made heavy use of a picked or strummed violin that reminded me a bit of Final Fantasy. He mixes virtuosity with a lot of playing panache so it was a really impressive show to see as well as listen to.