The new album

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Originally posted by Cocoa:
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I hope it will arrive soon!China is much more distant SmilerIt's just a matter of distance i think

Thanks. Big Grin But it's weird usually it is not a matter of distance, from my own experience, it takes 5 days for a package from UK to me, but 10 days from Germany, both by ragular airmail.

BTW, who cried while listening to this album? I did, when I heard the harp tunes on "On a Bright May Morning" and Loreena's emotional voices on "Death of Queen Jane", my heart broke, but in a good way...

Well..I apologize! Big Grin
Been listening to this fabulous new CD ever since it arrived at my house a few days ago--right now I have it on 'repeat all'. Good way to listen to Loreena in general, but oh my heavens, I LOVE this type of Celtic music so much! Especially with that famous 'McKennitt eclectic Celtic' touch, which we all know that only Loreena can do so well!

Now then--I've been collecting, learning, playing, singing, and listening to Celtic (and early Appalachian, which comes straight from Ireland and Scotland in particular) folk music for the past 48 years, at least. But until the true Celtic wave hit the Midwest and South in the US, decades after I began my 'song hunt', it was hard to find much! Therefore most of my research back then had to do with gathering material out of reference books at the local library. (What a 'hobby', for a kid who grew up learning, playing and listening to nothing but classical music, eh?)

In the process of my 'collecting', I ran across lots of variants of songs' tunes plus their lyrics. But never had I found the lovely melody for the song which Loreena has recorded here, 'On A Bright May Morning'. There are a number of songs I've come across over the years using some of the exact same lyrics, but never quite in this version of putting them together, and this melody is truly exquisite!

Ditto, for 'The Death of Queen Jane', a Francis James Child ballad (don't ask me which number, as I can't remember and don't know where the notebook is any longer, in which I wrote down some of the tunes and all the words, for it). This version which Loreena has included on her album is NOT one of the variants I ever came across, and again, it is really wonderful, and 'works' well without being 15 or more verses long.

The other offerings here are not 'new' to me but they may as well be, they sound so fresh and for me are all simply spine-tingling. I'm very happy Loreena has finally recorded her 'Emigration Tunes'. The arrangement is exceptionally heart-tugging, and her arrangement of the other fine instrumental, 'Brian Boru's March', is also quite splendid.

I don't know which song here personally breaks my heart more, 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley', or 'The Parting Glass'. Loreena may have just recorded and released definitive versions of both of them!

Oh, Loreena, we know you just released this new album; we realize you will not be recording again for quite awhile, but may I please put in a HUGE request? You have got a real winner with this Celtic folk music album, and many of us would love for you to record more--a LOT more-- of this same sort of music. It's the wonderful arrangements you know how to bring to these old 'classic' Celtic songs which make them come alive, and somehow seem almost brand-new. That, coupled with your wonderfully inimitable singing voice which sounds like no one other, makes for a 'lethal' combination, lol. Meaning, that like one of the mythic Sirens, no one who hears you sing and play music like this can resist the inevitable 'pull' towards it!

I'm playing your new album for anyone I can get to listen! Therefore, you may soon be finding yourself saddled with a few new 'fanatical' enthusiasts who cannot get enough of your music. Smiler
Hello everyone.
Ms. McKennitt's music has inspired me for years now. I have collected all of her works and was thrilled with "The Wind That Shakes The Barley". I pre-ordered it the night that I received the notification of its release. When I received it, I was not disappointed...what a wonderful set of songs...all favourites made better by Ms. McKennitt's style. Wow!
I love the classic Celtic songs of Ireland and Scotland. One that I wish she would include in the future is "Black is the Colour of My True Love's Hair"...not the American "Jazz" version...but the original Scottish version...a haunting, beautiful song.
Bravo Ms. McKennitt, for producing another most beautiful album of songs!
This CD didn't grab me right away, but that is sometimes the case with music that I end up loving after getting to know it.

I've now played it several more times and my enjoyment has increased each time.

I was pleased to learn from Jeff Bird (just a couple days before the CD arrived in my mailbox) that he appears on the CD. I've seen Jeff many, many times with Cowboy Junkies as well as several occasions with jazz musicians such as Mike Stephens and Tony Quarrington, and he always adds a lot to whatever he is involved with.

I hope Loreena takes this music on the road next year!
As I had no Internet conenction to know about it's upcoming release/ existence, I'd rather say it wasn't me who firstly bought this album - it was the album itself which bought my own persona actually. I surprised myself to a music shopping session in Vienna in a wonderful rainy day of November 2010 when all of a sudden I came across with a CD called "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" - a second after, I instantly saw Loreena's photography on it's amazing cover and bought it a moment after. I love each piece Loreena so dedicated prepare for us as a good surprise - I do appreciate the classic Celtic songs of Ireland and Scotland, the poetical lyrics that we are so very used and contented with, Loreena's own wonderful and touching and expressing "The Emigration Tune" instrumental piece in a strong concordance with all the other good song which transformed into a diamond's shine when Loreena decided to have them on her latest album.

I would like to thank you very much for this beautiful surprise. 2011 will definitely be a better year now.
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Originally posted by Lica:
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Originally posted by Mask and Mirror:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nVsKCkOm3U

here you a brand-new interview,given by Loreena about her latest album!Enjoy it!


Well, I uploaded this video (this is my channel on youtube).. freesoul had posted the link at the topic "Little note" - i did it because many people, here in Brazil, had some problems (like I had) to watch the video.

thanks lica! Wink
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Originally posted by Betty:
Io non ho capito tanto...purtroppo...! parlano troppo svelti...comunque son contenta che arrivi qualcosa di sempre più celtico!!!! che bello!
I no understand all, but very nice interview! Bravo Lory!!!! Bellissima!
Betty Smiler

In realtà Betty Loreena ha parlato di un nuovo album incentrato sulla musica tradizionale nord europea,scandinava..territori poco esplorati ma proprio per questo tutto ciò mi incuriosisce..inoltre lo registreranno in un castello nel sud della germania(dovrebbe uscire entro due anni)Poi parla di come sia difficile oggi stare sul mercato,causa i download illegali, e gestirsi in proprio.L'album appena uscito è stato registrato live allo Sharon Temple..tutto molto easy..si è deciso li quali strumenti utilizzare.
Spero davvero in un nuovo tour Betty!Vorrei davvero stringerle la mano!Sarebbe la prima volta..Spero in Roma.
I translated the contents of the interview in italian for Betty.
Ciao Betty!
Thanks Gianni per la traduzone...purtroppo io parlo bene il francese e solo un poco l'inglese...anche se a stare sul forum...voglio dire alla fine impari...però ancora faccio fatica a capire un' intervista...
bene aspetteremo l'album...ma per ora I wait the tour...spero che tu la possa incontrare presto
betty ciao
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Originally posted by Betty:
Thanks Gianni per la traduzone...purtroppo io parlo bene il francese e solo un poco l'inglese...anche se a stare sul forum...voglio dire alla fine impari...però ancora faccio fatica a capire un' intervista...
bene aspetteremo l'album...ma per ora I wait the tour...spero che tu la possa incontrare presto
betty ciao

spero davvero..anche se del tour nessuno parla

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