STRATFORD, Ontario (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Loreena McKennitt will begin a North America-wide tour in April. A series of 19 U.S. dates will support her Verve/Quinlan Road label debut, An Ancient Muse. This is her first tour since 1998 and her first album since 1997’s multi-platinum The Book of Secrets.
Additionally, PBS’ "Great Performances" will air the special "Loreena McKennitt: Nights from The Alhambra" in March. The program was filmed in Granada, Spain at the Alhambra Palace over two nights in September 2006. Accompanied by musicians Brian Hughes, Hugh Marsh, Donald Quan, Nigel Eaton, Rick Lazar, Caroline Lavelle, Steáfán Hannigan, Tal Bergman, Tim Landers, Haig Yazdjian, Georgios Kotogiannis and Panos Dimitrakopoulos, McKennitt performed fan favorites including the hit "The Mummers’ Dance," "The Lady Of Shallot," and "The Mystic’s Dream," as well as songs from the long-awaited new recording An Ancient Muse.
Produced by Loreena McKennitt, An Ancient Muse, as Scripps News says, "is a literary-flavored, Celticoriented travelogue of the Mediterranean region of centuries ago." As McKennitt herself describes it, "This record is a little like equipping yourself with a Eurail card. It’s like saying, I don’t know where I’m going to on this trip. I’m just going to get on board the train, and allow each encounter to lead to the next.” The album has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide to date.
McKennitt works from her hometown of Stratford, Ontario, Canada where she is self-managed, self produced, and head of her own internationally successful record company, Quinlan Road. In a recording career spanning two decades, her music has won worldwide critical acclaim and gold, platinum and multiplatinum
awards in eighteen countries across four continents. She has won numerous awards including the Billboard International Achievement Award and two Juno Awards.
April 15-16: Toronto (Massey Hall)
April 17: Montreal (Place des Arts)
April 19: Philadelphia (Academy of Music)
April 20: New York (Radio City Music Hall)
April 21: Boston (Wang Centre)
April 23: Reading, Pa. (Sovereign Center)
April 24: Washington, D.C. (DAR Constitution Hall)
April 26: Asheville, N.C. (Thomas Wolfe Auditorium)
April 27: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
April 29: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Theater)
May 1: Chicago (Civic Opera House)
May 2: Madison, Wis. (Overture Hall)
May 3: Minneapolis (Orpheum Theatre)
May 5: Boulder, Colo. (Macky Auditorium)
May 7: Salt Lake City (Kingsbury Hall)
May 9: Scottsdale, Ariz. (Symphony Hall)
May 10: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
May 11: San Diego (Humphrey's)
May 12: Oakland, Calif. (Paramount Theatre)
May 13: San Rafael, Calif. (Marin Civic Theatre)
May 15: Seattle (Paramount Theatre)
May 16: Bellingham, Wash. (Mt. Baker Theatre)
May 18-19: Victoria, B.C. (Royal Theatre)
-CelebrityAccess Staff Writers