"Bird Mancini is a melange of pop perfection, incorporating virtuoso musicianship, a knowledge of musical forms and the smarts to deliver everything with joy and gusto!" -The Noise
Ruby Bird and Billy Carl Mancini, better known as BIRD MANCINI, Boston's acclaimed accordion/guitar rock duo/band features eclectic and at times a bit psychedelic rock with lush vocal arrangements, blues-tinged guitar, accordion, harmonica, and a variety of percussion, bells and whistles. If the occasion warrants, the duo also performs as a full band, adding Joel White on bass and Joe Jaworski on drums or as a trio adding an upright bass to the mix. In recent years they’ve toured the West Coast and performed for the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Boston, New York City and in Liverpool UK at The Cavern Club. The band was nominated for a 2017 and 2018 New England Music Award, and a Limelight Award in 2019.
Along with critical acclaim and an ASCAP/Boston Music Award nomination, Bird Mancini were several times named among the Top 10 Year's Best by New England's Metronome Magazine. They've opened for Leon Russell, David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Jonathan Edwards, James Montgomery, The Stompers, The Outlaws, Mighty Sam McClain and the Pousette-Dart Band.Gospel choirs in country churches and Kansas City blues and swing were Ruby Bird's early upbringing, while Billy Carl Mancini cut his guitar-playing teeth on high school rock and roll bands covering songs by 60's greats like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Stones. Their recordings have an astonishingly colorful palette--Indie-Music.com says, "It's so refreshing to hear such great variety with consistency and quality." As AllMusic.com puts it, "Bird Mancini is likely to please a wide array of listeners.
Virgin Airlines featured the Bird Mancini song “Because It’s December” on their in-flight radio station. Their songs have also been featured on many terrestrial and online stations and programs worldwide.