LOREENA MCKENNITT

It is not hard to imagine an anecdote where the Canadian priestess Loreena McKennitt is strolling through the streets of Granada, Spain during one of her many journeys. It would be probably late at night, when the stifling temperature of the day just begins to drop. Wandering through an alleyway, she would hear the distant sound of a flamenca guitar and rush into a small club. Stricken by the beauty and the vigor of the scene, she would never forget this moment. From this memory would emerge Spanish Guitars and Night Plazas, the remarkable opening song of her tenth studio album Lost Souls. It is followed by beautiful songs, celtic ballads - her speciality - and other happy hybridisation such as Sun, Moon and Stars which displays Moldavian influences. What we like with Loreena McKennitt is that she makes use of her curiosity as much of her virtuosity. What a better way to defend a highly codified traditional repertoire, than to open it to music from all horizons?