Arvel Bird - Acclaimed Celtic Violinist and Flutist - in Running for Five Grammy Awards

Nashville, TN, October 30, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Celtic violinist and Native American flutist Arvel Bird is in the running for five Grammy Awards this year. Bird was named in the Field 4 Best Solo Rock Performance for his songs “Darkhorse” and “Take Me Home” from the album Ride Indian Ride. “Take Me Home” was also selected in the Best Rock Song category. The album’s title song, “Ride Indian Ride” was selected in the Field 13 American Roots Best Contemporary Folk category, along with “Red River Jig” from the album Red River Jig.

Released in January, Ride Indian Ride conjures up a classic rockin' guitar beat blended with Bird's signature Native American violin and flute melodies that resonate in every cut. Inspired by Bird's love of blues/rock and Indian motorcycles, the album features 15 songs, many reminiscent of pure, old-school rock and blues, but each marked with Bird's uniquely haunting violin rifts and often, the spoken word.

Named after the traditional dance of the Canadian Me’tis, Red River Jig is a brilliant collection of traditional Me’tis fiddle tunes and his own original recordings that make audiences dance. The resounding, foot-stompin’ beats and intricate melodies capture the flavor of the fiddle tradition of the Me’tis Nation.

Both albums, Ride Indian Ride and Red River Jig, have also received nominations in the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and Native American Music Awards and have won awards in the Indian Summer Music Awards this year.

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