On Friday, April 29, U.S. Ambassador Kevin O’Malley hosted a Creative Minds event with musician & multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird prior to his Saturday, April 30 performance at Vicar Street in Dublin. The event featured a discussion and performance moderated by Lyric FM presenter Ellen Cranitch.
Andrew Bird is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He was initially known through his work with the band Squirrel Nut Zippers before forming Bowl of Fire, and is now best known as a solo musician. Bird’s primary instrument is the violin, but he is also proficient at various other instruments including the guitar, the mandolin, the xylophone, whistling, and the glockenspiel. He also wrote “The Whistling Caruso” for The Muppets, and performed the whistling heard in both the film and the soundtrack.