HE’S not a big name in showbusiness — but those in the know have nothing but praise for Andrew Bird.
The Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist is coming to Glasgow in a rare Scottish appearance.
Brought up in The Windy City, Andrew has earned a lot of respect in his comparatively short career.
His live shows have been described as having a curious attraction of one man generating the wealth of sound normally produced by an orchestra.
In his performances, passages of violin, guitar, voice and glockenspiel are looped and layered forging a texture of definitive hooks and rhythms out of spontaneous stabs and strums.
Each concert Mr Bird gives is said to be delightfully unique as he rarely replicates the album version, believing the melody and the musician should be in sync with one another.
He says he would “rather play a new idea that’s been in my head all day rather than the single of a new record” despite however much he may like it.
Andrew picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear.
When the time came for the restless teenager to make his own way, it wasn’t such a giant leap to Hungarian Gypsy music, early jazz and country blues.
Therefore it is fitting that now, although classically trained, he has opted to play his violin in a most unconventional manner, accompanying himself on glockenspiel and guitar while adding singing and whistling to the equation.
Somehow, in among all this, Andrew has become a pop songwriter.
Although originally billed that Andrew’s support act would be Scottish singer Rachel Sermanni, due to unforeseen circumstances this will no longer be possible.
Taking up the job will be Mark Hamilton — who is part of Canadian musical collective Woodpigeon.
The band’s sound has been compared to Surfjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Camera Obscura, Simon and Garfunkel and Belle and Sebastian.
When asked why the band was named Woodpigeon, Mark cryptically said: “I’ve always been in love with the word Woodpigeon for as long as I can remember.
“When you write in in cursive, it looks like a rollercoaster”.