Some may call it a Loreena McKennitt concert but it’s more like an evening with the artist. “Concert” is a little too boorish of a word to describe a Mckennitt performance. The singer, songwriter, musician, and historian is so powerful live that she literally moves people to tears.
If you have Loreena McKennitt tickets expect her to perform a couple of sets, look forward to the stage being adorned in candelabras, and plan on her bringing along a couple of world class musicians.
These musicians play instruments like cellos and guitars, but they also play exotic instruments (at least when compared to pop acts) like the recorder and the bouzoukie (basically, a Greek guitar).
How Does Loreena McKennitt’s Voice Hold Up?
Loreena McKennitt was born February 17, 1957 in Morden, Manitoba. For being a month older than Elvis Presley’s "All Shook Up,” her voice still sounds spectacular live. Her pipes haven’t lost any of their clarity or their power.
In between songs, McKennitt regales the audience with stories pertaining to her material. Sometimes these tales are funny, and sometimes they are inspirational, but they’re always entertaining and they always connect her to her audience.
What Genre Does Loreena Mckennitt Play?
Loreena McKennitt is usually classified as a Celtic artist. Sometimes she’s labeled as World and/or New Age.
The Canadian has spent her life learning about Celtic history. This knowledge comes through in her music as well as her between-song banter.
To further her studies, McKennitt has visited Ireland to learn more about the region’s history, music, and mythology. She has also been inspired by other cultures and literary works, but her main area of interest has always been the Celtic peoples.
McKennitt’s music has been compared to that of Enya’s. While both are very popular, McKennitt’s sound is more traditional.
Similar artists to Loreena McKennitt include Clannad, Celtic Woman, Blackmore's Night, and Moya Brennan.
Has Loreena McKennitt Won Any Major Awards?
Loreena McKennitt has a mantle full of awards and honors including two Juno Awards and a Billboard Music Award.
McKennitt has also received the Member of the Order of Canada, multiple honorary doctorates, and Grammy nominations. She also performed for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at their Golden Jubilee Celebrations and at the 2010 Winter Olympics.