Sheffield live date for singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright - here's how to get tickets
Martha Wainwright says she is beginning again, with a new album and live dates including a visit to Sheffield in September.
The beguiling performer and songwriter’s new recording Love Will Be Reborn is her first new album in five years, released on August 20 on Pheromone Records/Cooking Vinyl.
It’s her first album since 2016’s Goodnight City and the first since 2012’s acclaimed Come Home To Mama to feature so much original material. All 11 songs on Love Will Be Reborn are written by Martha.
She wrote the first song, and what would become the title track, a few years ago in what was a very dark time for her personally.
The track, which has just been released as a single, hints at the ache of recent years while capturing a sense of optimism for the future.
“I wrote the song in its entirety within 10 or 15 minutes,” she admits, “I was bawling.”
Martha began to play the song live before she recorded the album and it became something of an anthem, giving her hope when it was most needed.
The album was produced by Pierre Marchand, known for his work with Martha’s brother Rufus Wainwright on his 2001 recording Poses and with Kate and Anna McGarrigle on their album Heartbeats Accelerating.
Martha and Rufus’s parents are folk legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III.
Recorded in Martha’s Montreal hometown, the album was made in the basement of café Ursa which also served as a studio and at PM Studios.
Martha plays guitar and piano and enlisted the help of Toronto musicians Thom Gill (guitars, keys, back-ups) Phil Melanson (drums, percussion) and Josh Cole (bass). Pierre Marchand plays keyboards on Love Will Be Reborn plus two other tracks, while Morgan Moore plays bass on several songs.
Martha Wainwright appears at the Leadmill on September 24. Tickets go on sale on May 21 at https://www.marthawainwright.com/shows
Rufus Wainwright is also visiting Sheffield, playing Sheffield City Hall on October 12. That follows the release of his ninth studio LP, Unfollow the Rules, which has won him ecstatic reviews. For tickets, go to https://rufuswainwright.com/tour/