NEeMA - Whelans
11 April 2017
Montreal’s Neema has announced a date for Whelans on 11 April 2017 as part of her Uropean tour in support of her new album Painting My Wall Gold.
From the opening strains of the joyful “For You,” featuring glorious harmonies by Emmylou Harris, to the sultry, Middle Eastern-flavoured “Come;” the soulful, minimalist cover of the Creole “Papa Loco;” the bittersweet choruses of “That’s Where I’ll Be,” and the French language cover of Steve Earle’s “Goodbye” done in the classic understated style of the French chansonnières, the breathtaking third album by Montreal artist Neema – titled Painting My Wall Gold – overflows with the kind of wisdom, maturity, nuance and diversity that only comes from having packed a lot of living into a relatively small number of years.
Drawing from her experiences studying music in Egypt, living close to the land with the northern First Nations, surviving the loss of her sister, and welcoming new life into the world, Neema teamed up with Daryl Johnson (Daniel Lanois) and Mark Howard (Tom Waits, Bob Dylan) to create a beautiful, sophisticated, globally-infused, and electronically-enhanced album of modern folk music that draws heavily on themes of acceptance and equanimity.
Neema’s lyrics, poetic in their ambiguity and sprinkled with visual metaphors and spiritual allusions, transcend the personal triumphs and tragedies that gave them life, evoking instead the raw emotional essence of the situations that inspired them.
Her music career was helped along by a chance encounter with Leonard Cohen, who became a good friend and mentor, co-producing Neema’s sophomore album, Watching You Think with long-time Sarah McLachlan collaborator Pierre Marchand.
Neema has toured extensively throughout Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Europe – opening U.S. dates for Jesse Winchester and European shows for Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Cyndi Lauper and Elton John.
Tickets priced €15 go on sale this Friday 10th February at 9am through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.