Twelve singer-songwriters take the stage for Vienna’s best-known festival of its kind

Intimate, emotional and atmospheric, singer-songwriters write and perform deeply personal, often melancholic tunes – the perfect soundtrack for lazy afternoons under a gray November sky. But music is best enjoyed live, something the Vienna Songwriting Association knows all too well; as the nights grow longer, they encourage you to leave your headphones and duvet behind for their annual Blue Bird Festival. A celebration of versatility with artists from the world over performing self-composed works, the spectrum includes Mimes of Wine from Bologna and their idiosyncratic mix of folk, pop, and rock; Swedish star Anna Ternheim’s soulful tunes and Canadian Michelle Gurevich’s darkly playful synthesizer pop with an Eastern European tinge.

Swedish singersongwriter Anna Ternheim is one of the dozen artists gracing Blue Bird Festival. // © Jerker Josefsson

Of particular note this year is British legend Vashti Bunyan, who received international exposure when her “Train Song” was played on True Detective and the mysterious Chrysta Bell, David Lynch’s muse and frequent collaborator, best known as the beautiful face of the revived Twin Peaks.

With her signature sultry, smoky voice, Berlin-based Brazilian singer Dillon presents brand new songs with Kind, her first album in three years; British musician Sivu, fresh from a triumphant U.K. tour, also has new songs to offer with Sweet Sweet Silent, created after he was diagnosed with Ménière’s Disease, a hearing disorder. Baring your soul has never sounded so good.

Nov 23-25, Porgy & Bess. 1., Riemergasse 11.