|Tonight We Sail – Sue Smith with The Potion Kings Pre-release Dec 2020, official release Jan 2021|
The Potion Kings are:
Jeff Bird, bass
Kevin Breit, guitar
Randall Coryell, drums
Howie Southwood, percussion
Additional Instruments & Vocals: Jeff Bird, Sue Smith, Nick Craine & Gwen Swick
Produced by Jeff Bird and Sue Smith
Cover painting Ghost Boat II by Julie Wyn Summerfield
All That’s Real – Gathering Sparks
Released September 2019
Gathering Sparks…is the graceful collision of musical friends Eve Goldberg and Jane Lewis
Produced by Jeff Bird, Jeff also plays Electric bass, lap steel, double bass, tambourine, triangle, ashbory bass, electric mandolin and garden rake
Borealis Records BCD259
|The Heritage Hall Sessons – James Gordon|
Released March 29, 2019
Featuring Jeff Bird , Tannis Slimmon, Ian Bell, Anne Lindsay and Katherine Wheatley
felix anima – Jeff Bird plays HILDEGARD of BINGEN
Released April 2018
For over 30 years I have been possessed by the glorious music of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). Yes that’s right, she was around over 800 years ago. All great music is timeless. I have experimented with her music on earlier recordings but finally decided to devote a whole album to her work.
Hildegard first and foremost is a song writer. The phrasing and rhythm of her music is naturally guided by the words and the breath of the singer. Playing the harmonica and the shruti box at the same time allowed me to tap into those rhythms. The harmonica is all about breathing. The pumping of the shruti box bellows has it’s own inherent breath. The vibration of the harmonica in my head and the thrumming of the shruti box against my chest combined with Hildegard’s sublime melodies is truly a mind altering experience. Through these instrumental interpretations I was able to explore her music in a more abstract way using her phrases and lines as source material. This took me deep into her musical universe.
I augmented the tracks with the magical piano playing of my long time musical brother Witek Grabowiecki.
I also played electric mandolin, futujara, lap steel and music box.
Please enjoy my recording of the transcendent music of Hildegard of Bingen. – Jeff Bird
|Bones & Secrets – Shannon Kingsbury|
Released May 7, 2017
Produced by Jeff Bird, Ben Grossman and Shannon Kingsbury. Recorded by Nik Tjelios & Ben Grossman at The Monasterio and Jeff Bird at Ty Tyrfu, Guelph
Mixed by Nik Tjelios & Jeff Bird at the cottaGe, Guelph
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova, Illustrations by Ryan Price, Design by Kathe Gray
Wild Silence – Trio CaBiKi
Recorded at Silence in Guelph, ON August 2014
Released August 17, 2016
Featuring Dong-Won Kim, Jeff Cairns and Jeff Bird
This album was recorded in a live, improvised concert at Silence, Guelph Ontario Canada in 2014.
Recorded by: Ben Grossman
Mixed by: Jeff Cairns / Richard Gilbert at BigFish Studio, Japan
Mastered by Richard Gilbert at BigFish Studio, Japan
Now You Hear Me – Peppermoth
Released Spring 2016
Ambient music created by Andrew McPherson, the brains behind world music project Eccodek
This music is inspired by Debussy, Satie, Cocteau Twins, Eno, Daniel Lanois and Michael Brook
Created by Canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew McPherson and featuring performances by
Gary Diggins (trumpet)
Jeff Bird (double bass, samples)
Kevin Breit (guitar loops)
This is an album of unhurried, meditative and spacious instrumental music – an unspoken narrative. Quiet music for loud times.
|When Rivers Meet|
Recorded November 29, 2014
Released October 2015
When Rivers Meet is a live recording of an improvised performance that took place on November 29, 2014 at the River Run Centre in Guelph, Ontario. It featured the Guelph Symphony Orchestra conducted by Judith Yan; the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble directed by Brent Rowan;
musicians Jeff Bird, Daniel Fischlin, and Lewis Melville; dancer Georgia Simms; and storyteller Ben Grossman.
Improviser-in-residence, Dong-Won Kim, the world-renowned Korean percussionist and traditional musician who has played for years in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, served as conceptor and Artistic Director of the project.
The fully bilingual (English/Korean) 2-CD recording was released in October 2015 by Barcode Free Music and features large-scale group improvisations, traditional storytelling, intercultural musical forms, dance interludes, and even audience participation.
The Wind beneath The River – Kim Dong-Won
Kim Dong-Won’s musical journey of improvisation
Recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Jeff Bird
Kim Dong-Won – janggo, vocals, kkwaenggwari, frame drum, buk, jings
Jeff Bird – double bass, octave mandolin, harmonica
Jeff Cairns – shakuhachi
Daniel Fischlin – electric guitar
Gary Diggins – flugelhorn, n’ gone, vocals
|Of – Scott Merritt|
Released April 2015
Featuring Jeff Bird (upright bass)
Andy Magoffin (baritone Horne)
Scott (reed organ, vibraphone and tenor uke)
|Rhythm and Entertainment – Jeff Bird|
recordings 1983 to 2012
Released May 2014
A 2 CD collection of Jeff’s varied works over 30 years – a great introduction to the many styles that Jeff has been a part of over the years.
Towards a Little Light – Ondine Chorus
Digital Album Released March 3, 2014
Produced by Jeff Bird, Sue Smith & Shannon Kingsbury
Recorded by Lewis Melville & Jeff Bird at TY TYRFU. Mastered by Jim Kissling.
Mixed at TY TYRFU by Jeff Bird and the cottaGe by Jeff Bird and Scott Merritt.
Cover Image: “Mother Winter III” by Jeanie Tomanek, used with permission.
Design: Andrew McPherson
ONDINE CHORUS is a Guelph-based vocal collective guided by Co-Artistic Directors Shannon Kingsbury and Sue Smith. Members include David Beattie, Tricia Brubacher, Tannis Slimmon and Monique Vischschraper. ONDINE performances include a mix of scored and improvised works
often in site specific and unusual venues and often in collaboration with artists across many disciplines
|zenzen – Jeff Bird / Jeff Cairns|
Released November 17, 2012
Recorded and mixed by Jeff Bird Tyrfu Guelph, ON 2010 and 2012
Jeff Bird: mandolin, octave mandolin, double bass, ashbory bass, tamborin melodique, riq, percussion, hulusi
Jeff Cairns: shakuhachi, percussion
|Legion – The Potion Kings|
Released September 2012
Recorded April 5, 6 & 7, 2011 at the Elora Legion
Jeff Bird: electric basses, harmonica, keys, vocals
Kevin Breit: electric guitar, electric mandolin, vocals
Randall Coryell: drums, percussion
Howie Soutwood: percussion
Gwen Swick: special guest vocals
Cover design Jeff Bird, Peter Timmins
Latent Recordings Latex CD38
|Love Is A Superpower -Ben Rudnick & Friends|
Released September 25, 2012
Jeff Bird: harmonica, percussion, Ashbory bass on Wheels
|Borealis -Jeff Bird|
Released February 2012
Recorded live at The Riverrun Center in Guelph, ON
February 19, 2010
Jeff Bird: double bass, piano, harmonica, 8ve mandolin
Randall Coryell: drums and percussion
Jaro Czerwinec: accordion
Witek Grabowiecki: piano, accordion
Harri Palm: video manipulation and samples
|The Wind That Shakes The Barley -Loreena McKennitt|
Released November 16, 2010
Jeff Bird: Mandola, Mandolin and Acoustic Bass
|It’s Santa Claus! -Ben Rudnick & Friends|
Released November 2, 2010
In addition to It’s Santa Claus!, Ben and the band have recorded classic holiday tunes with the twists and turns evolved after playing holiday shows for nearly a decade.
Jeff Bird: Harmonica
|35 Years of Bear Family Records 3 CD Box -Various Artists|
Released August 2010
Track 68 is Somebody’s Sleeping In My Bed by Jeff Bird, a song inspired by the Goldilocks story
|Come In From The Cold – Ashley Condon|
Released June 15, 2010
This is the follow up to the 2007 EP I’ve Got This Feeling.
Featuring Jeff Bird on bass, mandolin and harmonica.
|Stars – Teresa Ennis|
Released November 10, 2009
Includes several new original songs composed and/or co-written by Ennis as well as beautiful new interpretations of traditional material. Guest musicians include Boyd MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils, Jeff Bird of the Cowboy Junkies, Darren McMullen, Shannon Quinn, Glen Coolen, Rheo Rochon and producer Joel Hunt.
|G Y R E – Ian Tamblyn|
Released November 2009
Produced by Scott Merritt and Ian at Cottage Studios in Guelph, Ontario, this CD features some of Canada’s finest players: Gary Craig, drums, George Koller, upright bass, Chris Whiteley, trumpet and harmonica, Jeff Bird, mandolin and harmonica, Fred Guignion, guitars, with Ian and Scott playing various instruments as well. This new collection of songs was recorded and mixed between January and June of 2009. GYRE was mastered by David Cain in Ottawa.
|Landed – Katherine Wheatley|
Released September 25, 2009
Featuring (in order of appearance): Scott Merritt, Lynn Miles, Katherine Wheatley, Suzie Vinnick, Lyle Molzan, Maury Lafoy, Dennis Keldie, Nick Crane, Jude Vadala, Tannis Slimmon, Jeff Bird, Nic Tjelios, Wendell Ferguson, David Travers-Smith, Chris Chanter and Shawna Cooper
|A Frog Named Sam – Ben Rudnick & Friends|
Released March 24, 2009
The brand-new collection of 12 upbeat and rootsy tunes will put a spring in your step and a song in your heart.
featuring JEFF BIRD – harmonica
|Tony Jeff & Hank|
Released Late 2008
Recorded by Jeff Bird at Ty Tyrfu 1994
Produced by Jeff Bird & Tony Quarrington
Back in the last century, in the 1990’s, I had the good fortune of a house gig that lasted for nine years. It was run by a fabulous singer, DOREEN SMITH and included a truly masterful jazz guitarist, TONY QUARRINGTON. Tony used to stay at my house every week and we often found ourselves in my little recording studio. Tony had the kooky notion of doing a duet album of HANK WILLIAMS songs performed on just bass and guitar. Almost every week we would sit down and lay down a few Hank tunes. One of them, RAMBLIN MAN, found it’s way onto my record EVERYTHING IS COMING CLEAR AND PLAIN TO MY UNDERSTANDING. The rest lay fallow, until now. 14 years later but definitely not too late we present to you these playful and quirky renditions of some of Hank’s biggest hits performed by two players at the top of their game.
JEFF BIRD double bass, percussion, lap steel
TONY QUARRINGTON electric guitar, lap steel, vocals
|Dust Storm – Jeff Bird|
Released Early September 2007
This is a live recording of an ensemble I put together for a show at Folkway Music in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Tony Quarrington is a brilliant jazz guitarist i have had the pleasure of working with for the last 25 yrs or so. (We were part of a house gig in Waterloo Ontario for nine years.) We know each others playing intimately. >Kevin Breit is a fiery virtuoso who I have just recently gotten to know. Another long lost brother methinks, and, of course, my first call drummer for such dangerous outings, Randall Coryell. No rehearsal, just show up and bring a couple of tunes each as a launching pad. This is why I keep playing music. I love it !!! I think you will too.
JEFF BIRD ashbory bass, electric bass
KEVIN BREIT guitar, mandolin, guitoran
TONY QUARRINGTON guitar
|Space – Teresa Ennis|
Released September 2007
Jeff plays bass, hamer bass, bowed bass, shaker, tamborine, harmonica, mandolin, chime, key-chimes
Long time member of the Ennis Sisters, this solo album by Teresa Ennis features covers of songs by Bruce Cockburn along side some new original songs.
|Grace’s Bell – Ben Rudnick & Friends|
With their trademark mix of crackling energy, adventurous musicianship and warm humor, Ben Rudnick and Friends extoll the virtues of vowels, imagine a world enamored with tubas, and celebrate the spirit of a bicyle bell.
featuring JEFF BIRD – bodhran
|Rink -The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Jeff Bird|
Music from the short film Rink, released in 2003
Jeff Bird – double bass, harmonica, marimba, melodica
Witek Grabowiecki – piano and accordion
Jaro Czerwinec – Accordion
Produced and recorded by Jeff Bird at Ty Tyrfu
Mixed by Jeff Wolpert
|I’m So – Sue Smith|
Released May 2006
Piano and Vocals: Sue Smith
Produced by Sue Smith
Jeff Bird – mandolin, percussion, electric bass
|Yellowjacket – Stephen Fearing|
Featuring many of the usual suspects including Colin Linden and Richard Bell
Jeff Bird – double bass
|Black Mustard – Stevens, Coryell & Bird|
Released May 2005
mike stevens – harmonica
randall coryell – drums – percussion
jeff bird – 8 string bass – electric mandolin – double bass – harmonica – percussion
recorded live by lewis melville at black mustard guelph ontario march 2, 2001
part of the guelph jazz festival’s three-tuesdays series
No Wicked for the Rest – Nathan Sloniowski
Released Dec 2004
Jeff plays bass, mandolin and harmonica.
Blast Off! – Ben Rudnick and Friends
Jeff Bird plays harmonica, jaw harp, slide whistle, surto, tambourine
Also features Sue Smith on harmony vocal on Reading A Book and David G. Henry on Cello.
|Endomusia – James Gordon|
Jeff Bird plays Mandolin on:
1. Small Town Prairie Gigs and
5. Carlyle Lake
Borealis Music BCD161
Rink – a documentary by Jeff Bird
Produced and Directed by Jeff Bird.
Written by Robert Pennee
Filmed during the winter of 2000-2001 in Wolfond Park, Guelph Ontario
Jeff Bird: harmonica, double bass, marimba
Jaro Czerwinec: accordian
Witek Grabowiecki: piano and accordian
Special guests: Gwen Swick, vocals
Larry Towell, bones
Music recorded by Jeff Bird at Ty Tyrfu
|Tree – Tamarack|
The lineup for Tamarack at this point is:
Alex Sinclair, Molly Kurvink and Shelley Coopersmith.
Jeff Bird is a special guest on bass and harmonica.
Tamarack has formed a partnership with Tree Canada – a non-profit foundation dedicated to the renewal of Canada’s urban forest.
|Group of Seven Suite – Tony Quarrington and Friends|
Released December 2002
The liner notes, written by Tony Quarrington, includes: “About the sound effects: most of those heard during the tunes were produced, via physical devices, by my old friend Jeff Bird of the Cowboy Junkies. He brought a wild assortment of things to the sessions, and besides playing the mandolin, bowed psaltery, electric bass, shakuhachi flute, and a lot of percussion, provided the sounds of a hawk, a rather large bee, birds in a tree [the device for that one more or less resembles a rubber udder], rain, wind and many more.”
Jeff is also credited with harmonica on the back cover
|The Mennonites – Larry Towell|
Some of the performers:
Larry Towell: readings, field recordings, bones, wind wand, second vocals, jaws harp, musical saw
Jeff Bird: double bass, overtone flute, piano, wind wand, goat hooves with marimba, seed pods
Gwen Swick: harmony vocals
Witold Grabowiecki: accordion, piano
Jaro Cerwinec: accordion
|Sixty Second Songs -Various Artists|
Released July 2002
2 Cd’s, 88 new songs
CD 2, track 15: Mamma’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe
by Jeff Bird and Joel Hunt
Jeff Bird – bass, harmonica, percussion, keys
Joel Hunt – fiddle, mandolin
|The Buddhagrass Family Unit|
Jeff Bird, Steve Byres, Pam Harrison, Joel Hunt, Eleanor Kure, Lewis Melville, Ken Morris, Steve Potter, Andrew Queen, Murray Ritchie, Marc Roy, Graeme Sheffield, Jason Sheffield, Tannis Slimmon, Mark Stutman, Chris Terhune, Nik Tjelios, Georgia Urban, Cam Werner, Buddy and Dwayne
Produced by Joel Hunt
Mood Food Music mfm131
|The River Grand – Nonie Crete|
All songs written and performed by Nonie Crete
Jeff Bird – Mandolin
Among the many other artists who played on this CD is Daisy DeBolt – backing vocals
City of Music- Various Artists
Track 7: MuBlues – Jeff Bird Trio
Composed by Witek Grabowiecki
Witek Grabowiecki -piano
Randall Coryell – drums
Jeff Bird – double bass
Recorded by Nik Tjelios live at Manhattans some time in 2000, Produced by Jeff Bird