Music Monday – “Eclectic Celtic”

On her website, Loreena McKennitt, describes her music as “Eclectic Celtic”.  I guess that’s an apt description as she’s been blending celtic music with other sounds from around the world for nearly twenty years now.  Ms. McKennitt  has a beautiful voice and many of her songs are traditional lyrics of songs sung for ages or poems by famous poets, and she shines is in her ability to provide wonderful arrangements for these.  She has produced all her albums through her own company and studio, Quinlan Road, which she founded in 1985.

In 1991, McKennitt released her fourth album, The Visit, which included “The Lady of Shalott”, a song whose lyrics were taken from Tennyson’s Arthurian poem of the same name.  Here’s a live clip of Loreena performing this song at the 2007 Juno Awards.

A version of “The Mummer’s Dance”, from the album The Book of Secrets, was featured in Ever After, a Cinderella-based Drew Barrymore movie.  It’s probably my favorite Cinderella-based film and this is one of my favorite McKennitt songs.

One of my favorite songs, “Lullaby”, from her first album, Elemental, released in 1985.  The lyrics are from a poem by William Blake, read by Scottish actor Douglas Campbell.

In 2010, McKennitt returned to the more traditional celtic roots of her music with The Wind that Shakes the Barley.  A great peaceful album.  Here’s “As I Roved Out”.

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