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Loreena McKennitt is a Canadian singer, composer,
harpist and pianist. She is most famous for writing, recording and performing world music with a
McKennitt is grounded in traditional and classical invocations using literary works as sources of lyrics and springboards for interpretation. According to the liner notes of her latest album, An Ancient Muse, the music was inspired primarily by travels among and reading about the various cultures along the Silk Road.
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Loreena McKennitt was born in Morden, Manitoba of Irish and Scottish descent to parents Jack and Irene McKennitt. She moved to Stratford, Ontario in 1981, where she still lives. Loreena McKennitt released her first album, Elemental, in 1985 and began to attract global attention with subsequent releases of self-produced work, including To Drive the Cold Winter Away (1987), Parallel Dreams (1989), The Visit (1991), The Mask and Mirror (1994), A Winter Garden (1995) and The Book of Secrets (1997). Her single "The Mummers' Dance" was a widespread success, receiving considerable airplay in North American markets during the spring of 1997. Her first full-length studio album in nine years, An Ancient Muse, was released in November 2006. All of her work has been released under her own label, Quinlan Road.
Loreena McKennitt's music has generally been classified as World/New Age/Celtic music even though it contains aspects and characteristics of music from around the globe and is classified as Folk music in some record stores. Before Loreena McKennitt composes any music she engages in massive research on a specific subject which forms the general concept of the album. Before creating Elemental and Parallel Dreams she travelled to Ireland for inspiration from the country's history, folklore, geography and culture. The album The Mask and Mirror was preceded by research in Spain where she engaged in studying Galicia, a Celtic section of Spain, along with its abundant Arabic roots, thus creating an album including elements of Celtic and Arabic music.