Singer celebrates openness

Originally from the Prairies, Wendy McNeill writes songs that retain her love of wide open space and the longing that such big skies can generate.

WENDY McNEILL plays this Thursday at Joe's Garage in Courtenay.

WENDY McNEILL plays this Thursday at Joe's Garage in Courtenay.

Originally from the Prairies, Wendy McNeill writes songs that 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 centerpieces of her songs which she creates using looped vocals, accordion, and guitar.

McNeill lives up to her Folk Noir roots with her latest release, A Dreamer’s Guide to Hardcore Living. The new songs stretch a tightrope between the intimate and the otherworldly with splashes of magical realism and a host of new characters.

A shape-shifting coyote, a city that sheds tears, a romantic snake and a restless rabbit all assist in exploring themes of temptation, isolation, hope, faith, love and various crimes of passion. A compelling blend of the bold and the vulnerable with hints of cabaret, pop, and spoken word. Hardcore living with a dreamer’s touch.

McNeill has recorded five albums, contributed her music to indie films, dance and theatre productions, been showcased on numerous compilation CDs and toured in North America, Europe, Brazil and Japan.

Advance tickets are at Bop City Records. Joe’s Kitchen opens at 6:30 and the show begins at 8:30.

For more information, visit www.joeson5th.ca or call 250-702-MILO (6456).

— Joe’s Garage