Chicago singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Parrot updates the traditions of small-group golf swing, German leider, and New Orleans jazz, mixing gypsy, folk, and rock and roll elements into his exclusive style. Bird’s tasks consist of his group the Plate of Fireplace (which also contains drummer Kevin O’Donnell, bassist Josh Hirsch, and guitarist Colin Bunn) and executing as an auxiliary person in the Squirrel Nut Zippers; subsequently, the Zippers’ Katharine Whalen and Adam Mathus appeared for the Bowl of Fireplace albums Thrills and Oh! The Grandeur. Parrot has also documented with performers like Pinetop Seven and Lil’ Ed Williams, shows music on the Aged Town College of Folk Music, and performed for the rating and soundtrack through the 1999 Tim Robbins film The Cradle Will Rock and roll. His third record, 2001’s The Going swimming Hour, surprisingly discovered the Plate of Fireplace embracing pop music, with positive results. As bandmembers continued to be active within their various other tasks, the band continuing and focus on a follow-up started in 2002.