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In response to the many fan requests over the past 20 years that Loreena McKennitt return to her musical roots, Quinlan Road releases a new recording featuring the kind of traditional music with which McKennitt is so often associated.
Blending repertoire from England, Scotland, and Ireland (plus one original piece), The Wind That Shakes the Barley features nine songs played by musicians who Loreena has worked with throughout the years, as well as some new talent.
The entire rehearsal and recording schedule took place during a nine-day period in July 2010 at the historic Sharon Temple in Ontario, Canada. From the Label
Performance CreditsLoreena McKennitt Primary Artist,Accordion,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals
Brian Hughes Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Drones
Hugh Marsh Violin
Jeff Bird Mandolin,Mandola,Acoustic Bass
Caroline LaVelle Cello
Tony McManus Acoustic Guitar
Chris Gartner Bass
Andrew Downing Acoustic Bass
Ben Grossman Bells,Bodhran,Shaker,Frame Drum
Jason Fowler Acoustic Guitar
Brian Taheny Mandolin
Pat Simmonds Acoustic Guitar,Button Accordion
Ian Harper uillean pipes
Technical CreditsLoreena McKennitt Composer,Art Direction
Jeff Wolpert Engineer
Ben Grossman Whistle
William Butler Yeats Composer
Demetris Koilalous Cover Photo
Ian Harper Whistle
Philip Manning Graphic Design,Art Direction
Robert Dwyer Joyce Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With this one, Ms. McKennitt returns to her roots. And it works wonderfully. This is, quite possibly, her best one yet. It was a wonderful listen. You know you're listening to something special from the very first sound on "As I roved out." It just draws you right in from the start. "On a bright May morning" has a soulful quality that is simply sublime. "Brian Bough's march" reminds you, initially, of "The stolen child", but it has a quality all its own. "Down by the Sally gardens" is utterly beautiful, while "Star of the country down" is without a doubt the most dancable and exciting song. Meanwhile, "The wind that shakes the barley", for which the album is named, is a haunting, rather mystical song. "The death of Queen Jane" will remind you of the Lord of the Rings' music, and is very beautiful and elegant. "The emmigration tunes" suggests with sadness what might have been. And finally, "The parting glass," which is like nothing I've ever heard from Ms. McKennitt before. This cd is fantastic, and I was very glad I had the opportunity to buy it. It was well worth it. It certainly qualifies as one of her best works. Enjoy.
As always lovely music from Ms. McKennitt.