Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt (born February 17, 1957) is a Canadian singer, composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes. McKennitt is known for her refined, warbling soprano vocals. She has sold more than 13 million records worldwide.
McKennitt’s music has generally been classified as World / Celtic music even though it contains aspects and characteristics of music from around the globe and is sometimes classified as Folk music in record stores.
McKennitt is compared to Enya, but McKennitt’s music is more grounded in traditional and classical invocations, using literary works as sources of lyrics and springboards for interpretation such as “The Lady of Shalott” by Lord Tennyson, “Prospero’s Speech” (the final soliloquy in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest), “Snow” by Archibald Lampman, “Dark Night of the Soul” by St. John of the Cross, Dante’s Prayer, William Blake’s “Lullaby”, Yeats’ “The Stolen Child”, “It was an English Ladye Bright” by Sir Walter Scott and “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes.
1985 – Elemental
1987 – To Drive The Cold Winter Away
1989 – Parallel Dreams
1992 – The Visit
1994 – The Mask And Mirror
1995 – A Winter Garden
1995 – Live In San Francisco At The Palace Of Fine Arts
1997 – The Best Of Loreena McKennitt
1997 – The Book Of Secrets
1999 – Live In Paris And Toronto (2CD)
2006 – An Ancient Muse
2007 – Nights From The Alhambra (2CD)
2008 – A Midwinter Night’s Dream
2008 – The Journey Begins (Bonus Disc)
2009 – A Mediterranean Odyssey (2CD)
2009 – A Mummers Dance Through Ireland
2010 – The Wind That Shakes The Barley
2014 – The Journey So Far (The Best Of Loreena McKennitt)