BIRDY: BEAUTIFUL LIES TOUR
Live at The Olympia Theatre, Tuesday 25TH October and Wednesday 26th October. Special guest: Dan Owen
Tickets from €40.05 includes booking and restoration fee. On sale Friday 17th June at 9am. Doors 7pm.
Since bewitching the nation at the age of 14 with her cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love,” Birdy has had to do a lot of growing up. While her contemporaries have lived leisurely, teenage lives – studying, shopping, socialising – this extraordinarily talented 19-year-old has released three albums, toured the world.
Five years into her career and now a young adult, Birdy has flown the nest and moved to London. This is a big change for this softly spoken girl who is happy to admit that she is naturally shy and not an obvious candidate for a life in the limelight.
With the release of her third LP, the elegant and evocative
Beautiful Lies, which is, she says, “about knowing yourself but also about change and how we sometimes find it hard. For me moving away from home feels strange and a bit scary, but then my life has been constantly moving. The last few years have gone by in a blur. There have been times when my friends have rung me and said ‘Where are you?’ and I’ve said, ‘I don’t actually know’.”
If Birdy’s first self-titled album was all about interpretation and
finding her way as a singer, and her second, 2013’s Fire Within, saw her developing further and exploring her songwriting, her third comes with a clear vision and a desire to involve and immerse herself in every part of the process. Until now, Birdy has allowed others to guide her but now she has climbed into the driving seat, bringing with her a new clarity and determination.
“In the past I didn’t know how to take control,” she says. “Now I’m an adult but then I was a child. Also I’m quite an introverted person but I’ve learned to assert myself, to work out what I want and find a way to make it happen.”
Writing for the album began whilst on tour in the USA in 2014, she continued writing songs back in London and returned to Los Angeles laden with lyrical snippets and not-quite-finished melodies. She recorded the whole album in London, primarily at RAK studios in St Johns Wood with the production duo MyRiot (London Grammar), and later with Jim Abbiss (Adele / Arctic Monkeys), who also worked on her first two records. The majority of the album was mixed by Craig Silvey who has also worked with artists including Arcade Fire and Florence and The Machine.
Birdy is in fact a seasoned songwriter, having started writing at the age of eight. “Wanting to express myself that way seemed like the most natural thing,” she explains. “I would write the saddest love songs. My parents would be listening at the bottom of the stairs going ‘What is going on with her?’ Of course I never thought that this would be my job. That was something that other people did.”
Rich with emotion and frequently uplifting, Beautiful Lies chronicles a critical period of self-discovery and newfound independence for Birdy. This isn’t merely a collection of songs. It’s the sound of a young woman stretching her wings and taking flight.
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