Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Loreena McKennitt is Back
She's working again? WHAT?? When did this happen? November 2006 apparently. My all time favorite folk singer emerges from retirement with a new album and I'm in Japan tolerating the latest compost heap from Ayumi Hamasaki or Koda Kumi. No one bothers to inform me Loreena McKennitt is recording and touring until Craig Hanson brags about seeing her live in Phoenix. My own fault I suppose, having given up hope she would ever emerge from retirement.
During high school, she was my all time favorite Celtic folk singer. She's famous as a Canadian harpist and Celtic Folk singer. Adept at the harp, piano, and accordion, she blends Celtic, Moroccan, Turkish, Spanish, and numerous other styles inspired by her endless travels.
About 10 years ago, after releasing her absolute best album, "The Book of Secrets," she abruptly announced her retirement. She left the music scene after ostensibly being stricken with grief when her fiance died in a boating accident. She established a fund to promote boating safety and went back to her very private life. I gave up hearing more from her a long time ago.
But she's apparently back, and I can't find any of her CDs in Japan. 10 years is a long time to wait, so I suppose another couple months won't hurt. She has a website promoting her music and her record label Quinlan Road here.
I for one, am glad to see that she's back recording music.