"The charismatic horse whispering, clear eyed clairvoyant of the cosmic wave." - Thom Costea
Ottawa-valley performer, poet, music educator, and songwriter Birdie Whyte, is a storyteller rooted in the folk tradition and sings with a quintessential country vocal tenor that channels the longfull quality of classics like Townes van Zandt and Gillian Welch. Next to horses, songwriting is Birdie's passion and her lovely voice lends an aching depth to the simple country lyrics she lays down. Birdie's songs are witty, insightful and mindfully crafted,drawing the listener in and leaving them with melodic imagery that is vividly colorful, all highlighted by her band The Hidden Connections.
Birdie’s recording debut, the 2016 EP Going to the Races (produced by John Carroll) is anchored in the banjo, her primary instrument. Growing up, Birdie did not sing or play an instrument and never once dreamed of doing so, though often joked that if she played anything it would be a banjo. One day, when enduring a particularly tough time in her life, Birdie’s friends pooled their money together and purchased a banjo to surprise her, the ultimate kickstarter of the Birdie Whyte Show. Since then, songs have been pouring out; telling tales of the ocean, country-living, horses, love and longing. For her upcoming full-length release, Birdie plans to bring together all her hidden connections, recording with Mike Brunelle & Ken Voita at Mush Mush Studios, and later with Stephan Ramey at Conquerall Music, two quality independent studios in Nova Scotia. The album will be completed by Ottawa engineer Dave Bignal (Red Squares, Megan Jerome, Lynn Miles, Ian Tamblyn) at Heat of Sound Studios over the summer of 2018. BIRDIE WHYTE & THE HIDDEN CONNECTIONS is slated to be released in Ottawa at legendary live music hotspot, IRENE’S PUB in the fall of 2018.
Birdie Whyte has showcased at Ottawa Folk Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest and Atlantic Canada Harmonica Festival, and has shared the stage with Little Miss Higgins, Catriona Sturton, and Rebelle. An active member of the Ottawa-Gatineau music community, Birdie Whyte is also a longstanding local promoter and concert planner, curating and hosting events at various venues, most significantly at The Chateau Lafayette and KAFFE 1870. Since 2013 she has been involved with Ottawa Blues in the Schools, a program where artists educate thousands of elementary-level students for an intensive study of blues music over a two-week period.