17 February 1957, Morden, Manitoba, Canada. Celtic harpist, keyboard player and singer Loreena McKennitt rose to prominence in her native Canada in the mid-80s with a series of independently released albums. The daughter of a livestock dealer, McKennitts earliest ambition was to become a veterinary surgeon, though she abandoned her studies in Winnipeg soon after she discovered Celtic music. In 1981, McKennitt moved to Stratford, Ontario, where she became involved with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. During this period she also wrote for and appeared in several movies financed by the National Film Board Of Canada. While busking in Toronto, she recorded three cassette-only albums which were sold independently on her own Quinlan Road label - an independence of spirit which can still be seen in the fact that, despite her worldwide success, she continues to be self-managed. Elemental (1985) included readings of W.B. Yeats and William Blake poems, plus...
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