PREVIEW: Wallis Bird at the Ark

What: Irish singer-songwriter Wallis Bird arrives from Berlin to present music from her newest album, Hands

When: Thursday, January 19, 8:00pm; doors open at 7:30pm

Where: The Ark (map)

Tickets: free for students with a Passport to the Arts! Otherwise, $20 online (via MUTO ticket office), by phone ((734) 763–8587), or in person at The Ark’s box office 30 minutes prior to the show

I intend to walk in mostly blind to this Thursday’s concert at the Ark, featuring Wallis Bird and opened by Marielle Kraft. I am as of yet unfamiliar with Bird and Kraft’s music, and part of the beauty of living and working at the University of Michigan is that I often get the chance to experience artists new to me and share them with all of you. Bird is an Irish singer-songwriter who lives in Berlin, and her new album, Hands, promises an exploration of thorny personal issues like “trust, alcohol abuse, stagnation, self-censorship and self-improvement” (The Ark), emerging with a sense of optimism. Marielle Kraft is an indie pop artist based in Nashville who has had several of her singles reach popularity on TikTok, including “Everyone But Me,” “We Were Never Friends,” “Second Coffee,” and “Sidelines” (which I would not have been aware of, but may ring a few bells for other readers). I hope some of you can take advantage of Arts@Michigan’s Passport to the Arts and enjoy this performance tomorrow evening!

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