Loreena McKennitt insists she's just an amateur academic with a passion for research, but that's like saying a trip to the moon is the same as a jaunt to 7-Eleven for a slushee.
The sweet-voiced singer who will play Lakewood Civic Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 4, is as much a student of Celtic music as she is an artist. She's gone to great lengths to discover what she can about the genre, and to share that knowledge with others.
"I don't know exactly what it is,'' she said, discussing the ongoing popularity of the genre. "I was caught in the same snare in the late 1970s and early '80s when I was exposed to Celtic music.
"There's something inherently infectious about it,'' she said. "Neuroscientists can explain how certain modalities affect the brain.''
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