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the years certain artists have emerged as icons of the Echoes
soundscape. These are musicians who shifted the direction of
music, whose work influenced a generation and usually, musicians
who also tend to be articulate thinkers about their art. In this
series, you'll hear features Echoes has produced on these artists,
often encompassing their entire careers.
An Icon of Echoes
Loreena McKennitt: One of Ten Artists for Ten Years of Echoes (1999)
Loreena McKennitt started out as a street musician, released albums on her own Quinlan Road label and then became world renowned after the release of The Visit on Warner Bros. Her evocative sound incorporates flavors from middle eastern to medieval music, and over the years she's been an Echoes favorite.
In 1999, for the tenth anniversary of Echoes, staff and listeners weighed in on the ten most important artists to the Echoes sound, and Loreena McKennitt was among them.
Ten years later in 2009, the listeners named Loreena McKennitt number 4 of 20 Icons for 20 Years of Echoes.
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McKennitt: Celtic Soul from Canada (1992)
Loreena McKennitt is a Canadian singer who has adopted the Celtic
harp as her main instrument and Ireland as her spiritual home.
In 1992, Loreena McKennitt talked with us about music she made
in a church belfry for his first U.S. album, The
Visit. The singer adapted lyrics from Shakespeare and Tennyson,
drew on myths of Ireland and Japan, and merged Eastern tonalities
with Celtic melodies.
McKennitt's Marrakech Express (1994)
spoke with Loreena McKennitt again to discuss her album, The
Mask and Mirror.
McKennitt's Ancient Pathways (1997)
McKennitt is a musician looking for connections between music,
culture and the spirit. Her journeys have taken her from Canada
to Ireland, Morocco to Siberia. In 1997, we visited McKennitt's
belfry studio in Stratford, Ontario where she unveiled her album,
Book of Secrets. It's a haunting, evocative work with Loreena's
trademark vocals and literary adaptations.
LOREENA MCKENNITT: TRAGEDY AND REFLECTION (1999)
1998 was Loreena McKennitt's year. Her album, The
Book of Secrets went into Billboard's Top 20 and the song "The
Mummer's Dance" was a minor hit and a movie trailer favorite. But tragedy
struck Loreena the next year, when her fiancee was lost in a boating accident.
The results are a benefit album for the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water
Search and Safety, Live
in Paris & Toronto. It was also a chance for McKennitt to reflect
on her career and the impact of her music.
Living Room Concert with Loreena McKennitt (1994)
In 1994, Loreena McKennitt stopped by the Echoes studio and gave
an intimate performance for voice and harp. She played songs
old and new, including one she hadn't yet recorded.