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Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies // Biography

Hoo ha! Hoo hoo ha! Travelling folksters Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies present their intimate cabaret of joyful sing-a-long choruses and general participatory fun. Pirates, lizards, cracks in the wall and Basque cyclists all inhabit the songscape. And a beard snood….

Based in Bilbao, Newcastle and Dublin they have spent the last six years touring Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe playing bars, cafes, libraries, churches, theatres, circus galas, festivals and folk clubs alike. Their debut album “Long Way to Be Free” appeared in 2009, followed by “The Bones on Black” in 2012. They released a 7” single “Kettle of Silver” in 2013 as well as working closely with Gwyneth Herbert on her album “The Sea Cabinet”. Last year brought about their first tour Down Under and 2015 sees the release of their third studio album “Bricks and Feathers”.

Information and quotes

“One of my favourite bands of recent years” – Mike Harding, former BBC Radio 2 presenter

“An album that consistently surprises and delights…it is folk music as artefact, not industry…simply magnificant” – Sean McGhee, editor R2

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