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Loreena McKennitt for the first time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 24th & 25th 2013
October 25, 2013, 3:54 am
Filed under: Loreena McKennitt, Memorable Data
                                                              
As I write this brief about Loreena McKennitt, she is actually performing live for the first time in Argentina after almost 30 years of experience as part of her first South American tour , featuring two shows in Buenos Aires, and also in Brazil, (October 27th in Porto Alegre , October 28th in Rio de Janeiro , to finish lastly in 30th/31st in Sao Paulo) .

 As can be seen in this letter I kept from Quinlan Road dated in 1994, it was unthinkable by those days an event of this magnitude for the high costs addressed , but often the more we wish  unattainable things , they finally come true, and I have had to wait almost 21 years since my first correspondence with Loreena for this to occur , a meeting stuck in my memory and will surely be in all of her fans in Argentina .

Since long ago I acknowledged that Loreena liked to take time for her fans and likes to be in contact with them … I confirmed it last Monday during an event organized by her label at a local bookstore . There, stoic (despite a sore back )she  received one by one to all her fans by dedicating a special time to listen and sign their CDs . for more than 2 hours!

It was for me a wonderful meeting , one of those meetings in which one tunes up from the very beginning and perceives that you know each other for years. Loreena received some memorabilia from me as the first review issued by me in the local “Discover” magazine in December 1994 edited by the celebrated Andres Valle ( responsible for the eponymous record store and a pioneer in the selling CDs of Celtic music ) a copy of the CD ” Awen ” by BRAN , and a greeting from the entire community of my Facebook Page “Amigos Celtas” , which was welcomed and kindly returned.

It is known that at this stage of her career she wants to spend more time with her family , and perhaps her tours shall be shorter , but besides we may enjoy her or not, Loreena undoubtedly has the humility that characterizes the great artists , the eternal wisdom that leaves us not only with her art but with her enlightened presence …

 

   Photo courtesy of Marty Fer ( Triddana )




Loreena McKennitt: New Album 2013 "The Journey So Far" a special release of ‘fan favorites’
September 26, 2013, 12:41 am
Filed under: Loreena McKennitt

Official Press – September 20th, 2013.


An album that captures the scope and diversity of Loreena’s catalogue and her travels is about to be released, first in Latin America and early next year in other parts of the world. The Journey So Far – The Best of Loreena McKennitt, is now on sale in Argentina and Brazil and available in those two countries through iTunes.
“One of the motivating factors in putting out a best-so-far album was to introduce the music to parts of the world that for one reason or another have not had ready access to my catalogue over the years. The album was created foremost with those people in mind,” says Loreena. “I realize many of you are also waiting for a new recording and I am certainly mindful of that as well.”

The Journey So Far is also being released in Argentina and Brazil in advance of other locations because Loreena is about to embark on her first Latin American Tour. The tour kicks off Oct. 24, 2013 in Buenos Aires and will include performances of many of the songs featured on the album. The album is also being released in Denmark on Oct. 28 to coincide with the DVD release of Skotland, the 1998 documentary television series by TV host, journalist and writer Soren Ryge. The series brought Loreena’s music to the wider attention of the Danish public when it was included as part of the background music. (The Ryge DVD will only be available in Danish, however.) The Journey So Far will be released in Canada, the U.S., U.K. and the rest of Europe in early March 2014.

The album features 12 fan favourites, hand-picked by Loreena herself. “When I look back on the road from where I have come, the people I have met, and the places and experiences which have informed the music – or even where we created or recorded the music – I marvel at how rich my journey has been,” says Loreena. “If there is such a thing as a musical travel writer, then I believe I am one.” Songs on the new album include ‘The Mystic’s Dream’, ‘Bonny Portmore’, ‘The Bonny Swans’, ‘The Mummers’ Dance’, ‘Down By The Sally Gardens’, ‘Stolen Child’, ‘The Lady Of Shalott’, ‘Marco Polo’, ‘Penelope’s Song’, ‘Huron ‘Beltane’ Fire Dance’, ‘The Old Ways’ and ‘Dante’s Prayer’.




The Tempestuous History of the Celtic Harp
August 28, 2013, 2:59 am
Filed under: Celtic Harp

I am flattered to share with you some good news!…The famous harpist Anne Roos, has recently featured a passage from one of my bestselling works: “The Celtic Harp” eBook, on her awesome Celtic Harp Music blogsite.


Anne Roos is considered at the top of her field as a Celtic Harpist. She is a many-faceted performer who excels as a soloist in concert, as well as with her ensemble, with her years of experience and extensive music list. 

Her recorded music has aired internationally and has been described as “lovely” and “enchanting”. Anne’s CD projects demonstrate quality musicianship and versatility. Anne’s albums are unique–Her recent releases are actually little books with CDs tucked neatly into the back page. Anne is also a published author and considered a wedding authority with her two books, “The Bride’s Guide to Musicians: Live Wedding Music Made Easy and Affordable” and “The Musician’s Guide to Brides”, both published by Hal Leonard Books.

Feel free to join her Celtic Club and you’ll get a special password to a page where you can download a free mp3 of a traditional Celtic tune that I recorded on solo Celtic Harp especially for this website. A new download will be posted every other month or so, along with notes about the tune.



Celtic Poems: My Heart’s In The Highlands
August 26, 2013, 5:24 pm
Filed under: Celtic Poems

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.

Farewell to the mountains high covered with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go. 

(c) Robert Burns (1759-1796)


Mi Nuevo Ebook : "El Libro de Arcilla" ahora disponible para Descarga Gratuita
August 19, 2013, 11:27 pm
Filed under: Celtic Ebooks

Me complace compartir con Uds mi Nuevo Ebook “El Libro de Arcilla” ahora disponible para Descarga Gratuita desde mi sitio en SMASHWORDS.

Con motivo de cumplirse 76 añ0s de la partida del celebrado creador del terror cósmico materialista Howard Phillips Lovecraft, y a 32 años de la primer edición de mi relato breve “El Libro de Arcilla” en la Revista Literaria “Nuevas Letras”, me pareció oportuno compartirlo con Uds en formato electrónico en dos versiones, tanto en español como en inglés.

Eran tiempos en que mis interrogantes de juventud se debatían entre lo real y lo desconocido, en los misterios ocultos latentes en las creencias místicas. Por aquellos días, la literatura y la mitología eran mi canal de experimentación y a la vez de descubrimiento. Los relatos de suspenso y de horror eran mis predilectos y como tantos otros lectores comencé devorando páginas y páginas de autores como Edgar Alan Poe , Arthur Macken, y Lord Dunsany, sin pasar por alto la novela de fantasmas góticos de la genial Ann Radcliffe.
Mientras sumaba otros tantos volúmenes de literatura medieval, y en especial del romancero Artúrico, comencé a descubrir un nuevo género el de la “fantasía heroica” gracias a un cuento de Robert E Howard (Creador de la saga de Conan el Bárbaro) que aparecía en una antología de varios autores que habían publicado en la prestigiosa revista Weird Tales.  Lo mágico y lo épico, lo mitológico y lo fantástico, lo antiguo y lo medieval, se daban cita en este género que comenzó por atraparme. Robert E Howard tenía una prosa increíble y leyendo un día una de sus biografías descubro el nombre de H.P.Lovecraft quien era su gran amigo, y luego todo el Círculo de Escritores que supieron mantener viva la cosmogonía diseñada por él en los Mitos de Cthulu, lo que el mismo Lovecraft calificaría como una pseudomitología, la cual nunca fue sistematizada, pero sí recreada por uno de sus seguidores, August Derleth.
Podríamos decir que sus historias transcurren en un espacio temporal, que es el conocido por nosotros, pero en verdad el caos irrumpe desde una dimensión cuántica y cuando esto acontece se desata el delirio de lo impredecible. Aquí el escritor supo desarrollar todo su potencial en un perfecto manejo del llamado Caos: “esa incapacidad del hombre de atender a todos los eventos de un espacio concreto y en un instante determinado, teniendo que asumir los conceptos de azar, indeterminado, aleatorio, incertidumbre… en oposición al orden o a una posible ratio o logos.”
Lo que siempre me ha maravillado de Lovecraft y su género, es el modo en que bucea en los arquetipos colectivos, amalgamando los mitos con terrores más reales, aquí ya no hay más fantasmas sino divinidades primigenias de dimensiones ajenas a nuestro cosmos y que luchan por aferrarse a este mundo.
“El Libro de Arcilla” es mi primer relato influenciado por esta corriente que me gusta denominar “fantasía neo-terrorífica” y muy emparentado a los Mitos de Chtulu ideados por H.P.Lovecraft. Enrolado ya en esta corriente literaria escribí muchos más que habré de compartir con Uds a modo de Antología en una futura entrega.
Los dejo ahora con los personajes y la compañía de un Yo omnisciente que sin desearlo comienza a figurarse que su mundo ha dejado de ser lo normal que era antes.