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I'm originally from the Southwest, and I've been touring the world since 2003.  I know it's unusual, but my name really IS Arvel Bird, and I am 'Celtic Indian'.  I've been inspired by my dual heritage for many years and I hope you enjoy the confluence of styles in my music.

I've been playing violin since I was 9 years old.  Later, as an adult, I taught myself guitar, keyboard, mandolin, Native American flutes and Celtic whistles.   As a songwriter and performer, my music reflects my love of diversity - bluegrass, blues, celtic, classical, contemporary Native American, folk, new age, and rock - and it has taken me around the world to music festivals, theaters, concert halls, performing art centers, symphonies, chamber orchestras and more.  

Some of my favorite memories of my early touring years included nearly 6 years with Glen Campbell, and five more with Loretta Lynn, Louise Mandrell and a few others. Between my own tours and those with legends, I've performed at the Smithsonian Museums in D.C. and N.Y., the White House, Kennedy Space Center in Cocoa, FL, Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester, NY, the London Paladium Theatre, the Toronto SkyDome, and many, many more incredible venues.
 
Since 2002, I have released 25 CDs, two EPs and two DVDs, winning numerous music awards for 5 of my releases in the United States and Canada including Best Instrumental, Artist of the Year, Best Engineer and Best Producer and more.  My two most recent releases are Celtic Indian and Animal Totems 3 which I released in late 2015.
 
As I travel around the world playing music and facilitating Animal Totem Workshops, I share my story as an inspirational speaker at churches, spiritual centers and community gatherings, drawing on not only my own extensive healing journey, but also my studies and personal experiences with Animal Totems.

I look forward to seeing you somewhere on my journey.

For more information, contact the Wikipedia of Arvel Bird, Kimberly Kelley (615) 406-3689 or kkelley@arvelbird.com,

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To Fly or "Dragon"Fly

It’s no coincidence that many of my animal totem blogs are also animals for which I composed or co-wrote on my Animal Totems CDs. Most of those creatures have played roles in my life at one time or another with profound messages.     Dragonfly was a constant companion for me while I lived in the Southeast.  Its message to me that my efforts are maturing and my spiritual path is clearly ahead certainly seems true for me right now and maybe for you, too?     That Dragonfly represents transformation seems… Read more

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Jul1

Kincardine Scottish Festival

Victoria Park, Main Stage, Kincardine, Ontario, Canada

"Pants Optional - Kilts optimal"

Whether you are a first time guest or a regular Festival visitor, the Kincardine Scottish Festival extends a very warm welcome to you!

On the first weekend in July, Kincardine, Ontario plays host to visitors from around the world.

Regarded as a world class Scottish Festival, patrons will be invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of Scotland on the shores of our own Loch Huron.

Arvel and Kimberly perform daily, so check the performance schedule on Kincardine Scottish Festival Page for any changes in times - but plan to spend the day!

Jul2

Kincardine Scottish Festival

Victoria Park, Main Stage, Kincardine, Ontario, Canada

"Pants Optional - Kilts optimal" Whether you are a first time guest or a regular Festival visitor, the Kincardine Scottish Festival extends a very warm welcome to you! On the first weekend in July, Kincardine, Ontario plays host to visitors from around the world. Regarded as a world class Scottish Festival, patrons will be invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of Scotland on the shores of our own Loch Huron. Arvel and Kimberly perform daily, so check the performance schedule on Kincardine Scottish Festival Page for any changes to times and tickets!

Jul3

Kincardine Scottish Festival

Victoria Park, Main Stage, Kincardine, Ontario, Canada

"Pants Optional - Kilts optimal" Whether you are a first time guest or a regular Festival visitor, the Kincardine Scottish Festival extends a very warm welcome to you! On the first weekend in July, Kincardine, Ontario plays host to visitors from around the world. Regarded as a world class Scottish Festival, patrons will be invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of Scotland on the shores of our own Loch Huron. Arvel and Kimberly perform daily, so check the performance schedule on Kincardine Scottish Festival Page for any changes in times. Bring the family and plan to spend the day with us!