Wendy McNeill

Folk
© Holy Smoke
© Holy Smoke

The Canadian folk-noir singer candidly shares insights on her Facebook profile into the personal world which she transforms into music. She draws much of her inspiration from the expansive natural landscapes of her home country, which she explores on long walks with her two hounds. She is also a fan of underdogs of all kinds – and that can, indeed, be taken literally. Alongside dogs, the fauna of her most recent album Hunger Made You Brave include robins, wolves, foxes and bears, around which she weaves narratives using looped vocals, the accordion and the guitar. Her bizarre yet profound stories – which have been described by the Globe and Mail journalist Robert Everett-Green as “dispatches from a post-rock cabaret” – oscillate between an almost masochistic devotion and angelic not-of-this-world choirs, only to ultimately merge into a sometimes colourful and kooky, sometimes macabre, but always wonderful and whimsical whole.