Loreena McKennitt

Somehow this woman who has built a career in playing and interpreting Celtic music is now seemingly fascinated with Middle Eastern culture and music. Even some traditional Middle Eastern instruments have made their way onto her albums as the oud and kanoun are now used, strangely enough though most of the instruments still originate in the West. Granted her Celtic music has evolved continuously into what it is now (more new age sounding than Celtic), but still she uses the form and works of the British/Celtic traditions. She has completely left aside her beloved harp and now focuses on her vocals. The music is intricately arranged and sometimes suffers as a result. Still it is beautiful, soothing and poignant.

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