A Winter Garden: Five Songs For The Season (1995) CD/Cassette

 Coventry Carol (2:20) God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (6:49) Good
King Wenceslas (3:17) Snow (5:02) Seeds Of Love (4:54).

 Recorded  at  Real  World  Studios,  England, in July 1995 and
featuring musical collaborations between McKennitt, her touring
band  and  an  international cast of guest artists. The innova
tive, exotic arrangements of  the  three  Christmas  favourites
conjure  up  a  distinctly Middle Eastern musical atmosphere in
which, says Loreena, "I hope some of the scent of  frankincense
and  myrrh  comes through." Elsewhere, McKennitt's own haunting
musical setting of the traditional  English  lyrics  "Seeds  Of
Love"  and the Archibald Lampman poem "Snow" (also found on her
second album) leave tantalising hints  of  the  directions  her
next full album may take.

The Mask And Mirror (1994) CD/Cassette/Vinyl

 The  Mystic's  Dream  (7:40)  The  Bonny Swans (7:18) The Dark
Night Of The Soul (6:44) Marrakesh  Night  Market  (6:30)  Full
Circle  (5:57)  Santiago  (5:58) C H Mise Le Ulaingt?/The Two
Trees (9:06) Prospero's Speech (3:23)

 Honoured  with  a  1995 Juno for Best Roots/Traditional Album,
McKennitt's most recent full-length  recording  spans  Spanish,
Celtic   and   Moroccan   influences,   and  follows  paths  of
inspiration from Ireland to Santiago de  Compostella.  Included
are  musical  settings  of  poems  by St. John Of The Cross and
Shakespeare, as well  as  eclectic,  richly-textured  originals
including  a  seductively  dramatic  "The  Mystic's  Dream" (as
featured in the Paramount Pictures film "Jade") and  "Marrakesh
Night Market".

Live In San Francisco At The Palace Of Fine Arts (1995) CD

The Mystic's Dream (7:26) Santiago (5:25) She Moved Through The
Fair (5:35) Between The Shadows  (4:17)  The  Lady  Of  Shalott
(8:50) The Bonny Swans (6:55)

 Recorded  live  in  May,  1994  with McKennitt and her touring
band, this six-track EP (packaged in  a  four-colour  cardboard
sleeve)  is  available  only via Quinlan Road's mail order ser
vice, as a limited edition and while supplies last.

The Visit (1991) CD/Cassette

 All  Souls  Night  (5:04)  Bonny  Portmore  (3:57) Between The
Shadows (4:03) The Lady Of Shalott (11:05) Greensleeves  (4:15)
Tango  To  Evora  (4:03)  Courtyard Lullaby (4:50) The Old Ways
(5:25) Cymbeline (4:48)

 Loreena's  first Juno award winner (1992), "The Visit" recasts
her early Celtic influences in an  inventive  and  contemporary
light.  Includes  a  haunting  version  of "Greensleeves" "as I
imagine Tom Waits might have done it," suggests  Loreena.  Also
features  a musical setting of Tennyson's "The Lady Of Shalott"
and original works including "All Souls Night","Bonny Portmore"
(as  featured  in  the  film "Highlander III") and the stirring
instrumental "Tango To Evora" (from the NFB film  "The  Burning

Parallel Dreams (1989) CD/Cassette

 Samain  Night  (4:27)  Moon Cradle (4:29) Huron "Beltane" Fire
Dance (4:20) Annachie  Gordon  (8:22)  Standing  Stones  (6:56)
Dickens' Dublin (The Palace) (4:40) Breaking The Silence (6:23)
Ancient Pines (3:35)

 One  of  the  most  successful  independent  releases  ever in
McKennitt's native Canada, it is also her  first  recording  to
feature  original  compositions.  Includes  "Dickens'  Dublin",
"Breaking The Silence", the traditional "Annachie  Gordon"  and
"Huron Beltane Fire Dance", with its fusion of Celtic and First
Nations (native American) rhythms.

To Drive The Cold Winter Away (1987) CD/Cassette

 In  Praise  Of  Christmas  (6:06)  The Seasons (4:55) The King
(2:04) Banquet Hall (3:53) Snow (5:35) Balulalow (3:09) Let  Us
The  Infant Greet (3:46) The Wexford Carol (6:07) The Stockford
Carol (3:02) Let All That Are To Mirth Inclined (6:52)

 Seasonal  music with a fresh and serendipitious approach, this
collection of traditional and lesser-known winter and Christmas
carols  was recorded on location at a Canadian church, an Irish
monastery and an Irish artists' retreat.

Elemental (1985) CD/Cassette

 Blacksmith  (3:20)  She  Moved  Through The Fair (4:05) Stolen
Child (5:05) The Lark In The  Clear  Air  (2:06)  Carrighfergus
(3:24)  Kellswater  (5:19)  Banks  Of Claudy (5:37) Come By The
Hills (3:05) Lullaby (4:26)

 McKennitt's  debut album and Quinlan Road's inaugural release.
Like all her subsequent efforts, this album was  self-produced;
its  nine  tracks  showcase McKennitt's talents as a singer and
harpist with fresh and memorable  arrangements  of  traditional
Celtic  favourites, and musical settings of much-loved poems by
Yeats and Blake.

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