Loreena McKennitt

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts New Age World Music
Descriptive "tags": celtic folk new age female vocalists ethereal Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

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, McKennitt’s 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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