Wind That Shakes The Barley

Mckennitt Loreena

Wind That Shakes The Barley
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Wind That Shakes The Barley

Mckennitt Loreena

In a stirring and inspirational return to her roots, Loreena McKennitt has created a new album of traditional Celtic songs, recorded this summer in the historic 1832 Sharon Temple north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“Every once and again there is a pull to return to one’s own roots or beginnings, with the perspective of time and experience, to feel the familiar things you once loved and love still,” says Loreena.

Consisting of nine songs, it was recorded with some of Loreena’s long-time musical companions along with a cast of other accomplished musicians.

1.) As I Roved Out
2.) On a Bright May Morning
3.) Brian Boru’s March
4.) Down By the Sally Gardens
5.) The Star of the County Down
6.) The Wind that Shakes the Barley
7.) The Death of Queen Jane
8.) The Emigration Tunes
9.) The Parting Glass


In the couple of years since her last album, Canadian harpist and singer Loreena McKennitt has been absorbing herself in her love of traditional Celtic song. As usual, she is supported by the talented Hugh Marsh on fiddle and Catherine Lavelle on cello, while Celtic guitar supremo Tony McManus also plays on a couple of tracks. Fans of McKennitt’s more stripped-down first few albums, before her eastern and medieval excursions, will particularly enjoy this one.

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