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Music 105: Loreena McKennitt

August 2016



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Introduction: We'll explore the music of folk singer Loreena McKennitt and learn a bit about her life.


WEEK 1: August 1-7 – Introduction to Loreena McKennitt; Elemental (1985); To Drive the Cold Winter Away (1987)




Participate in at least two forum discussions this week.


Live Chat: TBA



Loreena McKennitt Biography


About Loreena McKennitt


Loreena McKennitt Biography

Loreena McKennitt’s Elemental Album (1985)


Review of Elemental


Lyrics for Elemental


Loreena McKennitt in Morocco


Loreena Mckennitt: To Drive the Cold Winter Away (1987)


Lyrics for To Drive the Cold Winter Away


Loreena McKennitt - Parallel Dreams (1989)


Lorenne McKennitt Parallel Dreams Review


Lyrics for Parallel Dreams




Elemental full album


Parallel Dreams full album


To Drive the Cold Winter Away full album


Loreena McKennitt - No Journey’s End Documentary


Extra Credit:

The Music of Loreena McKennitt


WEEK 2: August 8-15: Loreena Starts to Take Off: Beginning of Her Success; The Visit (1991); The Mask and Mirror (1994)




Participate in at least two forum discussions this week.


Live Chat:






Big Break Ruins Her Plans for a Big Break (LA Times, 1998)


Harp Playing Minstrel (LA Times, 1994)


A Wandering Minstrel She (The Globe and Mail, 1994)


Harpist Loreena McKennitt Has Succeeded on Her Own Terms (Baltimore Sun, 1992)


Loreena McKennitt - The Visit Album (1991)


Loreena McKennitt: Times of Discovery


Loreena McKennitt Interview : From the "Folk Harp Journal", Spring 1991


Loreena McKennitt - Mask and Mirror - 1994


Mask and Mirror Album Review

Velvet Gown, Iron Soul (Chatelaine, 1995)




Loreena McKennitt Rare 1991 Interview


The Mask and Mirror Full Album


Loreena McKennitt 1994 Interview on Dutch TV


The Visit Full Album


Extra Credit:


The Bonny Swans, by Loreena McKennitt, Live in 2012


The Cruel Sister, by Old Blind Dogs


The Cruel Sister, by Pentangle


Dreadful Wind and Rain, by Jerry Garcia


Two Sisters, by Clannad


WEEK 3: August 16-23 - A Time for Spotlight and a Time for Sorrow; A Winter Garden (1995); The Book of Secrets (1997)




Participate in at least two forum discussions this week.


Live Chat:


Tuesday, August 23, 6pm PST to 8pm PST



Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets - 1997


The Book of Secrets Lyrics


Music Review of The Book of Secrets


Loreena's Tragedy

Loreena McKennitt - About Her Fiancée's Death


About the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund


A Vulnerable State By Kerry Doole


A Winter Garden Lyrics




Loreena McKennitt Documentary: A Musical, Moveable Feast (57 mins)


The Book of Secrets Full Album


The Mummer’s Dance Live


Winter Garden Full Album


Extra Credit:


Pagan Trees – Rare song


WEEK 4: August 24-31 - Healing and Love for Music; An Ancient Muse (2006); A Midwinter Night’s Dream (2009); The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2010)




Participate in at least two forum discussions this week.


Live Chat:


Sunday, August 28, 5pm PST to 7pm PST




About the Ancient Muse Album by Loreena McKennitt


About A Midwinter Night's Dream Loreena Mckennitt


The Celtic Journeys of Loreena McKennitt


The Journey of the Legendary Loreena McKennitt


Loreena McKennitt: A Celtic Superstar Who Just Wants to Share the Music


Loreena McKennitt Interview


A Midwinter Night's Dream lyrics


About The Wind that Shakes the Barley


The Wind That Shakes the Barley Review


Focusing on the Fundamentals (2016)

Loreena McKennitt, Celt folk music and LGBT inspiration


Q&A: Loreena McKennitt (2007)



A Midwinter Night’s Dream full album


Loreena McKennitt: Music of the World (2007 podcast)

Loreena Mckennitt on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight


Penelope’s Song (Live)


Stolen Child (Live in 2006)


The Wind That Shakes the Barley full album


Extra Credit:


Definitive List of Loreena McKennitt Remixes and Rare Recordings


JPR Radio Interviews Loreena McKennitt (2016; 36 mins)





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