If forced to find a single word to describe Andrew Bird, polymath is most appropriate. Among his many skills, the list includes damn near perfect songwriting, deep proficiency playing the guitar, violin and glockenspiel, champion-level whistling (as in, others hire the man to whistle on their recordings) and emotive singing. Into his almost 30 albums, he has poured all these skills. His latest is the cheekily titled, My Finest Work Yet and many believe it just may be. Enlisting a band including Ted Poor on drums, Tyler Chester on keys and bass, Alan Hampton bass and guitar, and ringer Madison Cunningham on guitar and vocals to record the album, the same four have joined Bird on his finest tour yet.
Focusing mainly on the new album, Andrew Bird enjoyed a rare day off biking the Don River Trail in Toronto before playing the Danforth Music Hall on Sept. 23. Tossing a few highlights from his previous albums into the setlist as well, the highlight of the night was when the band huddled around a single microphone on stage left to perform a small acoustic set. Bird let supreme talent, Madison Cunningham shine in this moment as she dueted on Left Handed Kisses and Lusitania, roles previously slotted in by Fiona Apple and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark respectively.
Andrew Bird picks up the next leg of the tour on Oct. 17, 2019 at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC.