Originally from the prairies of Canada, Wendy's songs retain her love of wide open space and the longing that such big skies can generate. She is a fan of underdogs, strange cats and brave hearts. These characters are often the centre pieces of her songs which she creates using looped vocals, accordion, guitar, kalimba, synths and samples.
Described as an artist that makes 'dark twisted tales' and 'wise moving music' she has been steadily gaining acclaim for her poignant lyrics and captivating live shows, taking listeners on an emotional roller coaster with a spirit that is both playful and fierce.
She has released 8 studio albums, contributed her music to indie films, dance and theatre productions, and toured in North America, Europe, Brazil and Japan. file under: Folk Noir
Her forthcoming album, First There Were Feathers’ will be released in spring 2023.
Every festival offers someone to discover, and for me that was Wendy McNeill, an Edmonton musician whose sharp-edged songs with accordion and guitar seemed like dispatches from a post-rock cabaret. Globe And Mail/CA
Some might call it folk noir—pish! It’s far more brooding than that—imagine a female-fronted Gogol Bordello crawling through molasses and holding hands with Stephin Merritt See Magazine/CA
If ever there were an artist that couldn’t be pigeonholed, it could more than likely be Wendy McNeill of Canada. She swiftly shifts from sexy and sultry-bordering-on-masochistic to a haunting waltz backed by a looped angelic voice that belongs on Goldfrapp’s ‘Utopia’, each cleverly opposing one another but combined to build what is often a kooky and colourful, occasionally macabre masterpiece. Wears The Trousers Magazine /UK
Wendy McNeill was a new star that pleased us.....she didn't do too much, a part from the essential, and that was fantastic! L'iberation /FRANCE
Rock and roll meets folk in the new age, boys....like the lovechild of Syd Barrett and Cyndi Lauper, but the kid might be Alistair MacGillveray's the way she can write an intricate piece of narrative poetry and set it in a post-rock soundscape of trumpets, upright pianos, sampled somethings and the ever- beloved accordion Penguin Eggs / CA
McNeill's creativity is astonishing. Her original style is the type one might hear if they found themselves on an abandoned ship listening to ghosts, in a majestic hall filled with tarnished paintings, as they sang their tales of travel. CKUA Radio/CA