Following 44 concerts and festivals in Europe in spring and summer, Stratford’s Loreena McKennitt is now set for a seven-date tour that will begin in Ottawa on Dec. 1 and continue to six major cities in Quebec. It will be her first performances in the region since 2007, apart from an appearance at Quebec City’s Festival d’Ete in 2009.
On the schedule: Trois Rivieres, Quebec City, Montreal, Drummondville, Saguenay and Sherbrooke. McKennitt will be accompanied by four of her longtime colleagues, violinist Hugh Marsh, guitarist Brian Hughes, cellist Caroline Lavelle and hurdy-gurdy player and percussionist Ben Grossman. Her program will consist of music from across her ‘eclectic Celtic’ catalogue, including songs from her most recent lesser-known seasonal carols.
Woven into the intimate evening, the artist will share some of the stories behind the songs, inspired by her pursuit of the history of the Celts and her travels which have taken her to Ireland, Brittany, Mongolia, Turkey, Russia, China and beyond.
“I’m very much looking forward to sharing some of the more intimate material. I love playing with the larger band and songs like ‘The Mummer’s Dance,’ and hope to do so in the future,” she said. “These concerts, however, are intended to be a much more personal experience, which will have a different focus in terms of songs and arrangements. And it will be a pleasure to be able to include some seasonal music which I haven’t had the opportunity to perform very often in the past.”