I'm delighted at how many festivals around the world our little film, 'Swallow, Dear Swallow' has been selected for. And this week thank you @musicofparai in India for awarding it the Best Experimental Music Video Award! You can't see the whole video yet. But you can listen to the song on all streaming platforms.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words- this one by Milton Young at Hillside Festival says it all. So many beautiful moments in Canada that I don’t even know where to begin. These are strange days in many ways…a lot of musicians, promoters, festivals, and the music lovers that support them, are struggling. I wish I could bottle even a fraction of the love we received and give it to those that need a little dose of hope…a reminder of how powerful it is when we all come together. Thanks, from the bottom of my heart, to old friends and new for all of the magic and truth.
APRIL 12, 2023
The new video for the 2nd single 'Prometheus, Please' is here! It's a dark delight.
The first single and video from First There Were Feathers is here!
If you dig it, please share it far and wide. xo w
First glimpse of, 'First There Were Feathers'
Our first single 'Language of the Birds' and the beautiful video is coming verrrrrrry sooooooon....
AUGUST 5, 2022
a little bird just told me that yesterday was International Owl Awareness Day. I love those little feathered ones. Speaking of feathers....
Yep. 'First There Were Feathers' is almost ready.
And meanwhile- for the owls- here's a link to a lyric video for a little song I wrote about a Burrowing Owl. It's called Owl and Boy and it's from the album One Colour More.
JULY 1, 2022
Whew, finally back to almost fine form after a little COVID visit. Sorry about the cancelled shows- but we've got two coming this month. Lübeck on the 16th and a new one- July 13th in Valencia!
Such a delight to play with these two talented tigers in Switzerland last week- Heidi Erbrich on violin and Ricardo Osorno Chavez on Double Bass. And the fun continues JUNE 3rd at ELB Jazz in Hamburg! (and June 6th in Helsingborg, SE and July 16th at SHMF in Lübeck, DE)
MARCH 1, 2022
Woohoo! LIVE dates in May, June and July in Switzerland , Germany, Sweden and Holland.
Details in the SHOWS section.
Photo by Detlef Kinsler
OCTOBER 5, 2021
'Wendy's World, the stories behind the songs', is a 10 part series where I play acoustic versions of some of my favourite songs that I've written over the years. I will also talk about the stories that shaped those songs and bring you to some of the beautiful places that are inspiring my writing now. And there will be a few special guests too. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for their support in this and to Petr Stary on camera magic. Next Monday October 11th is Episode 1: Home is where the bark is. See you soooooon...
JUNE 1, 2021
APRIL 9, 2021
In honour of International Roma Day yesterday April 8th. A song and video I created (along with D-Lux on camera) as a tribute to the incredible Papusza.
papusza #roma #wendymcneillmusic
OCTOBER 14, 2020
Thank you Denmark!!! Playing live again was phenomenally fun! Here's a little glimpse from our last show-
AUGUST 20, 2020
Wow- I'm delighted to report that I'm going to be playing some very special shows next month. Real LIVE shows with people and everything. Denmark I'm coming to you in September. The shows are in beautiful large venues but are socially distanced and have very limited seating.💖 Tickets and more info at: http://gig.to/wendymcneill
JUNE 13, 2020
I usually don’t document when I dance around in my garden. Maybe it’s this sweet strawberry full moon, maybe it’s the waves of change washing over us all...also could be my excitement over collaborating with the mighty Mile Zero Dance on June 13th. It’s going to be a cyber Garden Party that will take us from the prairies of Canada to Montreal, Berlin, London, Tokyo, and even my little garden here in the mountains of Valencia. Hope you can join in on the fun🌟❤️💃
APRIL 26, 2020
I'm happy to report that I'll be doing a couple of online shows in May.
The first one will be on World Accordion Day -May 6th- to help launch a new series for Weltmeister Accordions called 'Weltmeister Wednesdays'. They plan to showcase accordionists from around the world every Wednesday.
And then on May 18th I'll be doing a live stream on FB as part of #CanadaPerforms. Cyber see you soon. xo w
MARCH 27, 2020
Well- CV-19 has definitely been taking its toll on things and of course many of my shows are cancelled or postponed. But some good news- borders were still open to courier deliveries and my beautiful new custom made Weltmeister accordion has arrived safely! Thank you Weltmeister! I look forward to making much beautiful music together. So....heeeeere's Ruby!
MARCH 6, 2020
Spring is here and the air is filled with possibilities (and coronavirus, so wash those hands kids) News from here: I have updated some of my upcoming shows but more will be appearing over the next couple of weeks. Alma- the little tree that I planted last year has dropped her blossoms and is well on her way to shaping her first almonds. And speaking of transitions- my loyal and lovely Delicia accordion (hand made in Czech Republic) is on her last breath. Sooooo many memories and travels with this dear one in my arms. But there is some exciting news on the horizon...
Happy 2020 Everyone!
May this be the year when we realize the interconnectedness of all things. Where we see past the crazy and into the true. Where we treasure the tiny things. This January 19th morning 2020, I had planned to attend the big St.Antoni festivities where everyone brings their animals to the local church for a blessing. Horses, dogs, chickens, cats, ferrets, etc. It's quite an event. Alas- big rains have cancelled things. So, instead I thought I will honour some of the animals in my last album 'Hunger Made You Brave'. A robin, a wolf, a fox, a bear, and a few others all come together in the songs and story. To give them a wider life I'm offering the cd and booklet for just 10 euro (plus postage)until the end of January. If you want a copy- message me and we will make it happen. xo WM
NOVEMBER 16, 2019
Next Tuesday the 19th we're going to be premiering the new video for The Binding of Fenrir! In Valencia we are having a special little party at Cafe de las Horas where we shot the video. It'll be from 10pm- midnight (Central European Standard Time) We'll be streaming some of it live on FB and Instagram if you'd like to join in.
still from The Binding of Fenrir video
OCTOBER 30, 2019
Such a beautiful time at KalternPop Festival. Here's a little glimpse of one of my favourite moments. A matinee show in an old ballroom on a mountain top. Such a Common Bird has never sounded better. Featuring Guy Fowler on Bass and members of Stargaze on strings.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2019
Thanks for an incredibly inspiring adventure Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes in Charleville-Mézières! Puppet Powerrrr!
photo by Eva-Maria Junker Nilsson
AUGUST 19, 2019
The Bardentreffen Festival was definitely a musical highlight of the summer! The BEST audience/choir of singers for 'The Sad Sssad Story of Rosa Rabbit and Sasha Snake'. Check out this little glimpse of our pre song preparation...
July has been fabulous so far. We shot the new video for The Binding of Fenrir!
More on that soon. Now-we're off to play a few shows in Germany and a quick one in Switzerland too. This festival in Nürnberg looks like it's going to be aMAZIng!
APRIL 27, 2019
The new video!
'The Robin's Request'
In ‘The Robin’s Request’ a Robin explores the cycle of life and death from a bird’s eye view with a little help from its ancestors and Albert Einstein. The Robin is one of many characters that help to narrate the tale/ album ‘Hunger Made You Brave’
“Red is flame- strength and danger / Red is blood and the help of strangers / Red is cunning- fur on fox, love of mother, sparks on rocks / Red will come through feathered songs And help those who listen carry on...” From HMYB
NOVEMBER 11, 2018
Many things in the works at the moment, but the most exciting is the new album 'Hunger Made You Brave' which would not have seen the light without the help the fab Swedish label Startracks**