Born and raised in the suburbs of Glasgow, Wendy’s musical influences as a child were mostly Trad Jazz or Church hymns! Although she learnt Burns and other traditional Scottish songs at school, it wasn’t until she moved to England to marry that she began to really delve into traditional folk music.
Wendy has sung many different styles of music – ranging from large scale classical choral works, operetta and musicals to backing vocalist for a prog rock band! But with folk music she has found songs that come from the heart and allow great emotional expression and social commentary. She describes herself as “a singer who plays guitar”, but this shouldn’t detract from Wendy’s musical abilities not just on guitar, but also on whistles, bodhran, mandolin and most recently accordion.
She is just as adept at creating her own material as she is at interpreting a traditional song. Her songs have won awards at Saltburn Folk Festival 2007 (The Visitor), Scarborough Seafest 2008 (Sleep Well ‘till Morning) and Ryedale Folk Festival 2009 (Hearth Song).
Wendy also performs as a duo with Rebekah Findlay. Rebekah brings her marvellous fiddle playing skills and her own distinctive, haunting vocals, guitar playing and song-writing craft. Together, as “One Stone”, they perform traditional material and their own works providing musical accompaniment and vocal harmonies for each other.
Blind Summat! is Wendy’s band which consists of 4 members. Apart from Wendy, there is her husband Paul, on 5-string banjo and vocals, Joolz Cavell on percussion, guitar and vocals, and Rebekah Findlay on fiddle, guitar and vocals.
Wendy’s second CD “Seeds of Fools” is available now.