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Loreena McKennitt for the first time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 24th & 25th 2013
October 25, 2013, 3:54 am
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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
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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’.

Loreena Mc Kennitt: Ticket demands prompt second São Paulo show Due to overwhelming demand !
July 12, 2013, 4:07 pm
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Loreena McKennitt Community - Update

July 11, 2013
Loreena McKennitt Community - Update Ticket demands prompt second São Paulo show

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets to Loreena’s Oct. 31 performance in São Paulo, Brazil a second show has now been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 21:30. The added performance will also take place at Credicard Hall, one of the largest entertainment venues in the country. As members of the Loreena McKennitt Community, you will have the usual pre-sale opportunities beginning Sunday July 14 at 00:01 AM BRT through Loreena’s website.

Tickets for the general public go on sale a week later on July 23. Prices range from R$300 to R$600.  The two São Paulo shows are part of Loreena’s first Latin American Tour, which kicks off in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Oct. 25 and includes performances in Brazil’s Porto Alegre on Oct. 27 and Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 29.

During the tour, Loreena will be accompanied by musicians Ian Harper on pipes, Brian Hughes on electric and acoustic guitars, oud and Celtic bouzouki, Ben Grossman on hurdy gurdy, accordion and percussion, Caroline Lavelle on cello and vocal, Rick Lazaar on drums and percussion, Hugh Marsh on violin, and Dudley Philips on double bass.

The Quinlan Road Community is getting a new name!
May 29, 2013, 2:13 pm
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May 28, 2013 Official Press

Loreena McKennitt Community - Update 
  The Quinlan Road Community is getting a new name!

For years, we’ve been affectionately calling Loreena’s fans the Quinlan Road Community simply because her label is named Quinlan Road. But over the years, we have come to realise that most people do not make the association between her label and her name. So going forward, The Quinlan Road Community will be known as The Loreena McKennitt Community. We hope that this will clarify things for people who are seeking to join up just as you have.

Rest assured you will still have all the same perks that come with your free membership, including front-of-the-line tickets to concerts, news updates, newsletters, online chats, exclusive and special offers.

Loreena McKennit: Planning her first Latin American Tour October 2013
May 29, 2013, 1:54 pm
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Official Press, May 28th. Actually these are awesome news since her performance has been long awaited on the southern hemisphere!.

Loreena McKennitt Community - UpdateLatin American Tour planned – a first for Loreena

This October, Loreena will be doing three performances in Brazil and another in Argentina during her inaugural Latin American Tour – a spring tour to those in the southern hemisphere!

“Over the years there have been lots of folks who’ve been writing to us asking when I’ll be coming to Latin America – or they’ve been making the journey to see me perform in other countries,” says Loreena. “We are delighted to now finally be able to come to them closer to home.”

The tour kicks off in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Oct. 25 and includes performances in the Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre on Oct. 27, Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 29 and Sao Paulo on Oct. 31. PRE-SALE TICKETS go on sale May 28 at 11 a.m. ART/BRT while tickets for the general public will be available beginning June 6.