History Music / LoreenaMcKennitt

23rd Nov '17 5:25:16 PM Ingonyama
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* GenreShift: As implied by [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin its title]], the "Huron Beltane Fire Dance" starts off as a very tribal, Native American-sounding chant, then shifts into a Celtic-Irish string piece. Lampshaded in her documentary about her musical influences, where the first part accompanies a giant bonfire and the second half is set to StockFootage of Irish step-dancers.

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* GenreShift: As implied by [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin its title]], the "Huron Beltane Fire Dance" starts off as a very tribal, Native American-sounding chant, then shifts into a Celtic-Irish string piece. Lampshaded in her documentary about her musical influences, where the first part of the song accompanies visuals of a giant bonfire and the second half is set to StockFootage of Irish step-dancers.
15th Nov '17 6:10:12 PM Ingonyama
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* HarpOfFemininity: The harp is Loreena's signature instrument(along with the accordian).

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* HarpOfFemininity: The harp is Loreena's signature instrument(along instrument (along with the accordian).



* LongRunnerLineup: Loreena usually picks a number of musicians proficient in instruments related to each album to record with, but several core members have been with her for years or decades; the longest tenured are guitarist Brian Hughes & percussionist Rick Lazar(both 1989), and violinist Hugh Marsh(1991). Cellist Caroline Lavelle & keyboardist/percussionist Donald Quan joined in 1995.
* LyricalDissonance: "The Bonny Swans" has a very upbeat melody (especially in the live version) but the lyrics are about a young woman being murdered by her older sister and her body being turned into a harp!

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* LongRunnerLineup: Loreena usually picks a number of musicians proficient in instruments related to each album to record with, but several core members have been with her for years or decades; the longest tenured are guitarist Brian Hughes & percussionist Rick Lazar(both Lazar (both 1989), and violinist Hugh Marsh(1991).Marsh (1991). Cellist Caroline Lavelle & keyboardist/percussionist Donald Quan joined in 1995.
* LyricalDissonance: "The Bonny Swans" has a very upbeat melody (especially in the live version) but the lyrics are about a young woman being murdered by her older sister and her body being turned into a harp!harp! Although the end of the song does at least imply a karmic comeuppance to her murderous sister.



* {{Sampling}}: "The Two Trees" includes as its introduction "Cé Hé Mise Le Ulaingt?", a pipework song by Patrick Hutchinson. "Dante's Prayer" begins with a portion of "Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom" as sung by the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir. The track "Revolution" from Highlander 3 score by Peter Robinson includes a portion of "The Two Trees", sampled pipework and all, and Loreena's version of "Bonny Portmore" is used in the film as well.

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* {{Sampling}}: "The Two Trees" includes as its introduction "Cé Hé Mise Le Ulaingt?", a pipework song by Patrick Hutchinson. "Dante's Prayer" begins with a portion of "Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom" as sung by the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir. The track "Revolution" from Highlander 3 the ''Highlander 3'' score by Peter Robinson includes a portion of "The Two Trees", sampled pipework and all, and Loreena's version of "Bonny Portmore" is used in the film as well.
16th Jul '17 4:24:47 AM BlackSwan81
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** "The Highwayman". Set in 18th century New England, the poem tells the story of the titular highwayman who is in love with Bess, a landlord's daughter. After being betrayed to the authorities, the highwayman escapes ambush when Bess sacrifices herself to warn him. Learning of her death, he dies in a futile attempt at revenge, shot down on the highway. In the final stanza, the ghosts of the lovers meet again on winter nights.

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** "The Highwayman". Set in 18th century New England, the poem tells the story of the titular highwayman who is in love with Bess, a landlord's daughter. After being betrayed to the authorities, the highwayman escapes ambush when Bess sacrifices herself to warn him. Learning of her death, he dies in a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge futile attempt at revenge, revenge]], shot down on the highway. In the final stanza, the ghosts of the lovers meet again on winter nights.
16th Jul '17 4:23:51 AM BlackSwan81
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** "The Dark Night of the Soul" ''sounds'' like it's all about this -- a girl running off into the middle of the night to meet her lover. It's actually intended to be a spiritual allegory; the lyrics were taken from a poem by St. John of the Cross.

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** "The Dark Night of the Soul" ''sounds'' like it's all about ''could'' be taken as this depending on one's interpretation -- a girl running off into in the middle of the night to meet her lover. It's But it's actually intended to be a spiritual allegory; the lyrics were taken from a poem by St. John of the Cross.



* TeenageDeathSongs: Played with in "Standing Stones". The male lover dies young, but his lady lives on for years, lonely and tragic, before finally dying and joining him.

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** "The Highwayman". Set in 18th century New England, the poem tells the story of the titular highwayman who is in love with Bess, a landlord's daughter. After being betrayed to the authorities, the highwayman escapes ambush when Bess sacrifices herself to warn him. Learning of her death, he dies in a futile attempt at revenge, shot down on the highway. In the final stanza, the ghosts of the lovers meet again on winter nights.
* TeenageDeathSongs: Played with in "Standing Stones". The male lover dies young, but his lady lives on for years, lonely and tragic, before finally [[TogetherInDeath dying and joining him.him]].
28th Dec '16 3:33:18 PM Xtifr
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'''Loreena Isabelle Irene [=McKennitt=], CM, OM''' (born February 17, 1957) is a [[CanadianMusic Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, accordion and harp)]]. Her songs have a distinct Celtic and Middle Eastern tone (she's of Scottish descent), but are sometimes described as NewAge. Her songs are often ballads, and are characterized by her high, echoing soprano voice. She found her calling to music after trying to be a veterinarian (and a brief stop-over with Ontario's renowned Shakespeare Festival), and has since then sold more than 13 million copies of her albums. She's often compared to Music/{{Enya}} as they both have Celt roots and use Gaelic in their music, but Loreena's music is more inspired by works of literature (most often Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Blake and William Butler Yeats) and is considered to be more grounded. Many of her songs have roots in English or Celtic folk songs, but more recently her music has been inspired by Arabian/Turkish lore. She is also an honorary Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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'''Loreena Loreena Isabelle Irene [=McKennitt=], CM, OM''' OM (born February 17, 1957) is a [[CanadianMusic Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, accordion and harp)]]. Her songs have a distinct Celtic and Middle Eastern tone (she's of Scottish descent), but are sometimes described as NewAge. Her songs are often ballads, and are characterized by her high, echoing soprano voice. She found her calling to music after trying to be a veterinarian (and a brief stop-over with Ontario's renowned Shakespeare Festival), and has since then sold more than 13 million copies of her albums. She's often compared to Music/{{Enya}} as they both have Celt roots and use Gaelic in their music, but Loreena's music is more inspired by works of literature (most often Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Blake and William Butler Yeats) and is considered to be more grounded. Many of her songs have roots in English or Celtic folk songs, but more recently her music has been inspired by Arabian/Turkish lore. She is also an honorary Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
22nd Oct '16 6:45:03 PM SamTheAwesome
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* LyricalDissonance: "The Bonny Swans" has a very upbeat melody (especially in the live version) but the lyrics are about a young woman being murdered by her older sister and her body being turned into a harp!
21st Sep '15 6:08:37 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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'''Loreena Isabelle Irene [=McKennitt=], CM, OM''' (born February 17, 1957)is a [[CanadianMusic Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, accordion and harp)]]. Her songs have a distinct Celtic and Middle Eastern tone (she's of Scottish descent), but are sometimes described as NewAge. Her songs are often ballads, and are characterized by her high, echoing soprano voice. She found her calling to music after trying to be a veterinarian (and a brief stop-over with Ontario's renowned Shakespeare Festival), and has since then sold more than 13 million copies of her albums. She's often compared to Music/{{Enya}} as they both have Celt roots and use Gaelic in their music, but Loreena's music is more inspired by works of literature (most often Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Blake and William Butler Yeats) and is considered to be more grounded. Many of her songs have roots in English or Celtic folk songs, but more recently her music has been inspired by Arabian/Turkish lore. She is also an honorary Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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'''Loreena Isabelle Irene [=McKennitt=], CM, OM''' (born February 17, 1957)is 1957) is a [[CanadianMusic Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, accordion and harp)]]. Her songs have a distinct Celtic and Middle Eastern tone (she's of Scottish descent), but are sometimes described as NewAge. Her songs are often ballads, and are characterized by her high, echoing soprano voice. She found her calling to music after trying to be a veterinarian (and a brief stop-over with Ontario's renowned Shakespeare Festival), and has since then sold more than 13 million copies of her albums. She's often compared to Music/{{Enya}} as they both have Celt roots and use Gaelic in their music, but Loreena's music is more inspired by works of literature (most often Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Blake and William Butler Yeats) and is considered to be more grounded. Many of her songs have roots in English or Celtic folk songs, but more recently her music has been inspired by Arabian/Turkish lore. She is also an honorary Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
21st Sep '15 6:08:22 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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Loreena [=McKennitt=] is a [[CanadianMusic Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, accordion and harp)]]. Her songs have a distinct Celtic and Middle Eastern tone (she's of Scottish descent), but are sometimes described as NewAge. Her songs are often ballads, and are characterized by her high, echoing soprano voice. She found her calling to music after trying to be a veterinarian (and a brief stop-over with Ontario's renowned Shakespeare Festival), and has since then sold more than 13 million copies of her albums. She's often compared to Music/{{Enya}} as they both have Celt roots and use Gaelic in their music, but Loreena's music is more inspired by works of literature (most often Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Blake and William Butler Yeats) and is considered to be more grounded. Many of her songs have roots in English or Celtic folk songs, but more recently her music has been inspired by Arabian/Turkish lore.

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Loreena [=McKennitt=] is '''Loreena Isabelle Irene [=McKennitt=], CM, OM''' (born February 17, 1957)is a [[CanadianMusic Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, accordion and harp)]]. Her songs have a distinct Celtic and Middle Eastern tone (she's of Scottish descent), but are sometimes described as NewAge. Her songs are often ballads, and are characterized by her high, echoing soprano voice. She found her calling to music after trying to be a veterinarian (and a brief stop-over with Ontario's renowned Shakespeare Festival), and has since then sold more than 13 million copies of her albums. She's often compared to Music/{{Enya}} as they both have Celt roots and use Gaelic in their music, but Loreena's music is more inspired by works of literature (most often Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Blake and William Butler Yeats) and is considered to be more grounded. Many of her songs have roots in English or Celtic folk songs, but more recently her music has been inspired by Arabian/Turkish lore. \n She is also an honorary Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force.



* DespairEventHorizon: [=McKennitt=] seems to have hit this when her fiancee died in 1998. Soon after, she dropped almost completely off the map and released no new albums for 8 years.

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* DespairEventHorizon: [=McKennitt=] seems to have hit this when her fiancee died in a boating accident in 1998. Soon after, she dropped almost completely off the map and released no new albums for 8 years.



* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Justified, since she ''is'' a Celtic-inspired musician. To be specific, Loreena uses Uilleann pipes, which are a less-well known Irish variant.

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* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Justified, since she ''is'' a Celtic-inspired musician. To be specific, Loreena uses Uilleann pipes, which are a less-well known Irish variant.variant which use an airbag inflated by a bellows instead of the player's breath.



* {{Sampling}}: "The Two Trees" includes as its introduction "Cé Hé Mise Le Ulaingt?", a pipework song by Patrick Hutchinson. "Dante's Prayer" begins with a portion of "Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom" as sung by the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir.
** To take it to the next level, the track "Revolution" from Highlander 3 score by Peter Robinson includes a portion of "The Two Trees", sampled pipework and all.

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* {{Sampling}}: "The Two Trees" includes as its introduction "Cé Hé Mise Le Ulaingt?", a pipework song by Patrick Hutchinson. "Dante's Prayer" begins with a portion of "Alleluia, Behold the Bridegroom" as sung by the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir. \n** To take it to the next level, the The track "Revolution" from Highlander 3 score by Peter Robinson includes a portion of "The Two Trees", sampled pipework and all.all, and Loreena's version of "Bonny Portmore" is used in the film as well.
31st Aug '15 9:37:45 PM Ingonyama
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* TitleDrop: "All Souls Night", "The Old Ways", "Caravanserai". The song "Marrakesh Night Market" also has one to the album on which it appears, ''The Mask and the Mirror'': "Would you like my mask? Would you like my mirror?"

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* TitleDrop: "All Souls Night", "The Old Ways", "Caravanserai". The song "Marrakesh Night Market" also has one [[AlbumTitleDrop to the album on which it appears, appears]], ''The Mask and the Mirror'': "Would you like my mask? Would you like my mirror?"
16th Aug '15 2:18:03 AM Ingonyama
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* RevisitingTheRoots: Loreena started off singing traditional Celtic songs and slowly expanded to include other cultures, becoming more of a World musician. In 2010, she released an album composed of traditional Celtic songs.

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* RevisitingTheRoots: Loreena started off singing traditional Celtic songs and slowly expanded to include other cultures, becoming more of a World musician. In 2010, she released an album composed of traditional Celtic songs. Lampshaded by Loreena herself in one interview: "Every once and again there is a pull to return to one's own roots or beginnings, with the perspective of time and experience, to feel the familiar things you once loved and love still."
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