The Vienna Songwriting Association puts indie music on center stage

Giving artists the chance to wow an audience hungry for newcomers, the Blue Bird Festival beckons with an eclectic line-up of rock, folk, blues, electric and country, showcasing the versatility of contemporary folk and singer/songwriting.

Organized by the not-for-profit Vienna Songwriting Association, the three-day festival is now in its 12th edition, giving a platform to up-and-comers within the larger indie scene alongside more  popular established artists.

This year’s lineup features gems such as Lee Ranaldo, formerly of Sonic Youth, with his new rock project El Rayo; Texan Sarah Jaffe’s haunting combination of indie folk, blues and electronic or Irishman Patrick O’Laoghaire a.k.a. I Have A Tribe, whose minimalist piano arrangements complement his distinct, soft yet powerful voice.

Rykarda Parasol will be making her second appearance at Blue Bird, telling tales of courage and vitality with nods to the musical past in her newest album The Color of Destruction. Making an unexpected comeback since his heyday in the 1980s, Paul Roland’s elaborate arrangements accompany historic or supernatural narratives; he’ll share the stage with noted Austrian songwriter Frank Lebel.

Canadian singer and pianist Béatrice Martin, known professionally as Cœur de Pirate, adds some melodic francophone pop with her third and latest album Roses. With past festivals including the likes of Adam Green, Amanda Palmer and Woven Hand, Blue Bird’s reputation for excellence continues unabated.