Loreena McKennitt

Loreena McKennitt

Celtic Folk New Age Female Vocalists Ethereal
Canadian singer and composer Loreena McKennitt is self-managed, self-produced and head of her own record label - Quinlan Road. In a recording career spanning three decades, McKennitt's “eclectic Celtic” music has won critical acclaim worldwide and gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales awards in fifteen countries across four continents. Her most successful record is 1997's "The Book of Secrets", which spun off the single "The Mummers' Dance", a surprise hit on American Top 40 and alternative rock radio. More Info »

Top Albums

  • The Book Of Secrets
    The Book Of Secrets
  • The Visit
    The Visit
  • The Mask and Mirror
    The Mask and Mirror
  • An Ancient Muse
    An Ancient Muse
  • Parallel Dreams
    Parallel Dreams
  • To Drive the Cold Winter Away
    To Drive the Cold Winter Away
  • Elemental
    Elemental
  • Book of Secrets
    Book of Secrets
  • A Winter Garden: Five Songs for the Season
    A Winter Garden: Five Songs for the Season
  • Live in Paris and Toronto
    Live in Paris and Toronto
  • Live in Paris and Toronto (disc 1)
    Live in Paris and Toronto (disc 1)
  • Live in Paris and Toronto (disc 2)
    Live in Paris and Toronto (disc 2)
  • Live in San Francisco
    Live in San Francisco
  • The Best of Loreena McKennitt
    The Best of Loreena McKennitt
  • Live In San Francisco at the Palace Of Fine Arts
    Live In San Francisco at the Palace Of Fine Arts
  • The Book Of Secrets (International Version)
    The Book Of Secrets (International Version)
  • Marco Polo
    Marco Polo
  • The Bonny Swans
    The Bonny Swans
  • The Mummers' Dance II
    The Mummers' Dance II
  • The Mummers' Dance I
    The Mummers' Dance I
  • Mask & Mirror
    Mask & Mirror
  • Elemental / A Winter Garden
    Elemental / A Winter Garden
  • Visit
    Visit
  • Parallel Dreams
    Parallel Dreams
  • An Ancient Muse (International Version)
    An Ancient Muse (International Version)
  • 1998  Live In Paris And Toront
    1998 Live In Paris And Toront
  • The Mummer's Dance III
    The Mummer's Dance III
  • Words and Music
    Words and Music
  • A Midwinter's Night Dream (International Version)
    A Midwinter's Night Dream (International Version)
  • Elemental
    Elemental

Loreena McKennitt. Artist Bio

Canadian singer and composer Loreena McKennitt is self-managed, self-produced and head of her own record label - Quinlan Road. In a recording career spanning three decades, McKennitt's “eclectic Celtic” music has won critical acclaim worldwide and gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales awards in fifteen countries across four continents. Her most successful record is 1997's "The Book of Secrets", which spun off the single "The Mummers' Dance", a surprise hit on American Top 40 and alternative rock radio.

McKennitt blends world-music with folk, Celtic and exotic Mediterranean sounds using instruments such as the hurdy gurdy, kanoun, uilleann pipes, Turkish clarinet, bouzouki and nyckelharpa alongside traditional instruments like guitar, drums and bass and the harp, piano and accordion, the three instruments she plays.

Born in Morden, Manitoba, Canada in February 17, 1957, Loreena moved to Stratford, Ontario, Canada in 1981, where she still resides. She has acted and sung in, and composed music for, Stratford Festival of Canada productions ranging from The Tempest (1982) to The Merchant Of Venice (2001).

Her recording career began in 1985 with the album Elemental. In the fledgling years of her label Quinlan Road, Loreena ran its operations from her kitchen table, selling recordings by mail order and producing her own concert tours across the country. Quinlan Road's catalogue is currently distributed around the world by Warner Music (US), Universal Music (Canada and other territories including Italy and Spain) and a number of independents including Keltia Music (France) and SPV (Germany).

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