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Canadian singer/harpist/pianist Loreena McKennitt gives her fans an intimate view of her music with this impeccably recorded live performance. Recorded in the studios of German radio station SWR1 with support from Brian Hughes on guitar and Caroline Lavelle on cello, Troubadours on the Rhine is exactly as it was performed. No overdubs, no sweetening: just McKennitt's flawless voice bringing life to material from throughout her career. The radio-station visit was part of McKennitt's 2010 promotional tour in support of The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and several tunes from that album are given captivating performances here, along with a chilling version of "The Lady of Shalott." McKennitt's performances are otherworldly, smooth but never slick. She’s emotionally honest and transcendent, invested in literature and classical motifs while expressing a worldview that’s solely hers. Yeats' "Stolen Child" comes to life in her hands and through her immaculate voice. McKennitt likens this album to a living room concert in front of a few friends. The intimacy is palpable. 


Born: 1957 in Morden, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Loreena McKennitt's literate and sometimes experimental focus on Celtic-tinged traditional and original material, coupled with her haunting harp playing, has made her Canada's national chanteuse and new age troubadour since she broke through to prominence in the mid-'80s. The daughter of a nurse mother and a livestock-trading father, McKennitt studied classical piano and voice and learned to dance in the highland style as a youngster. Her love of traditional music was strengthened in the folk clubs...
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