The Wind That Shakes the Barley

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

by Loreena McKennitt
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The Wind That Shakes the Barley

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

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2010
Label: Quinlan Road
UPC: 0602527539812
catalogNumber: 001501502
Rank: 27278

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Loreena 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 Credits

Loreena McKennitt   Composer,Art Direction
Jeff Wolpert   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Ben Grossman   Whistle
William Butler Yeats   Composer
Demetris Koilalous   Cover Photo
Ian Harper   Whistle
Philip Manning   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Robert Dwyer Joyce   Composer

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Franklin_Newman More than 1 year ago
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.
Illagi More than 1 year ago
As always lovely music from Ms. McKennitt.
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