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World - Released August 21, 2007 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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World - Released January 1, 2013 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

This two-disc set surveys singer and songwriter Loreena McKennitt's three-decade recording career, drawing a dozen key songs from her eight studio albums and collecting them on the first disc, and adding a second bonus disc that features live performances recorded in Mainz, Germany during McKennitt's 2012 A Midsummer's Night tour. ~ Steve Leggett
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World - Released May 4, 2018 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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World - Released January 1, 2013 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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Folk/Americana - Released March 22, 1994 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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Folk/Americana - Released September 27, 1991 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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Pop - Released September 3, 1985 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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Pop - Released September 22, 1989 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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Folk/Americana - Released January 11, 1987 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

Recorded in various halls and abbeys in Ireland, and completed in the Church of Our Lady in Guelph, Ontario, harpist/arranger/vocalist Loreena McKennitt's first foray into the crowded field of holiday music -- she would go on to release an EP called Winter Garden in 1995 -- is steeped in old-world atmosphere. To Drive the Cold Winter Away celebrates the winter solstice through eight traditional English, Scottish, and Irish carols and ballads and two Mckennitt originals. The artist's reverence for her source material is moving, and her meticulous yet simple arrangements help tracks such as "The Wexford Carol," "The Kings," and "Let Us the Infant Greet" resonate with all of the grace and piousness that the lyrics and poems strive for. McKennitt has succeeded in making a beautiful, haunting, and ambitious yuletide song cycle that despite taking itself a little too seriously, ranks among her finest. ~ James Christopher Monger
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World - Released January 1, 2013 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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World - Released January 1, 2010 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

Canadian singer/harpist Loreena McKennitt returns to her roots on The Wind That Shakes the Barley, making an album more in the traditional style of her 25-year-old debut, Elemental, than the more adult alternative hybrid efforts that have been more typical of her work since. Thus, the Celtic side of her music is emphasized in the inclusion of Scottish and Irish traditional songs like the title track, "The Star of the County Down," and "On a Bright May Morning." The last song prominently features her harp, as does the instrumental "Brian Boru's March," and she is accompanied by her usual backup musicians, including Ben Grossman (hurdy-gurdy), Brian Hughes (guitar), Caroline LaVelle (cello), and Hugh Marsh (violin). The chief attraction continues to be her haunting voice, which she employs to ethereal effect much of the time, although "The Star of the County Down" finds her taking a livelier, more direct approach, while in "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" her vocal is not so much ethereal as eerie. For many of McKennitt's fans, this will be an album they have been waiting to hear for a long time. For others, it may be a change of pace in which an artist reveals the sources of her individual style. ~ William Ruhlmann

World - Released December 14, 2018 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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World - Released January 1, 2013 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

Canadian singer/composer/harpist Loreena McKennitt's lush Celtic-infused balladry and worldbeat sensibilities lend themselves well to holiday music, a genre she toyed with in 1995 on her Winter Garden: Five Songs for the Season EP. Released in 2008, A Midwinter Night's Dream takes those five songs (newly remastered) "Coventry Carol," "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," "Good King Wenceslas," "Snow," and "Seeds of Love," and adds eight new songs (all of which were recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World recording studio) including "The Holly and the Ivy," "In the Bleak Midwinter," "Breton Carol," and "Emmanuel." The songs are immaculately produced as always, and McKennitt's predilection for Eastern mysticism and unique instrumentation keeps them from falling into the usual seasonal clichés. ~ James Christopher Monger
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World - Released March 9, 2018 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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World - Released January 1, 2014 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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World - Released April 27, 2018 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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Pop - Released January 1, 2013 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

This Christmas EP (or, more accurately, "Winter Holiday" EP) features lushly produced folk renditions of seasonal traditionals and McKennitt originals. Like all of McKennitt's material, these songs gorgeously blend folk traditions from around the world (with an emphasis on the Irish and Scottish), seasoned with a sizable dose of literate universalist mysticism, and undistractingly garnished with a shimmering, glossy modern pop polish. ~ Darryl Cater
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World - Released October 20, 2009 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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World - Released March 9, 2018 | Loreena McKennitt P&D

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World - Released November 3, 2017 | Loreena McKennitt P&D