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A Moveable Musical Feast features 25 minutes of previously unreleased musical performances. From a vantage point even better than a front-row seat, we join Loreena and her musicians centre stage.

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A Moveable Musical Feast is a unique souvenir of Loreena McKennitt’s 2007 An Ancient Muse tour and offers a rare backstage look at one of contemporary music’s most interesting live performers. Through candid interviews with Loreena, her band, crew, fans and professional colleagues from the Canadian music industry, we gain insight into her career, work ethic and the artistry that has been the foundation of her remarkable musical journey. Loreena and her fellow travellers entertain us with stories of how her show ‘goes up’, discuss the joys and challenges of their nomadic life when ‘on the road’ and share their thoughts on the creative relationships they have with each other, the music and the audience.

A Moveable Musical Feast features 25 minutes of previously unreleased musical performances. From a vantage point even better than a front-row seat, we join Loreena and her musicians centre stage and observe the musical alchemy first-hand as they perform “The Highwayman”, “Never-Ending Road (Amhrán Duit)” and “The Gates of Istanbul”.

There are so many roads and so many journeys – the long and winding road, a road to nowhere, the road less travelled – many have been celebrated in song and in verse. For travelling musicians, life on the road holds its own ephemeral images of voyage and discovery.

In a long-honoured tradition, itinerant minstrels moved through the landscape using carts, carriages and portable stage platforms. Now we modern nomads roam the world in buses, trucks and planes.

The themes are always the same. From “Where are we and what is there new to see and learn?” to “What is there to eat?” We are all too familiar with the trundling on the highways and byways through the middle of the night, with lights flashing and a sign that says we are only 2,000 miles from our destination.

I have invited my fellow travellers and musical companions to sit around the table with us and share their voices, as it was with those tales that knew a thousand and one nights.

In the end, we seek to deliver a musical experience that in many ways resembles a lovingly prepared meal. Of course we would like to think it a feast, but that is not for us to say. What I do know is that the music is not complete until we have broken bread together.

Welcome to our table! Partake of our journey. LM

CREDITS

Executive Producer: Loreena McKennitt
Director: Rich Schlansker
Editors: Michael Slavens, Michael Simses

Producers:
Perseus Productions Inc.
Loreena McKennitt, Su Hutchinson
Zoomarifilms
Rich Schlansker, Marc Bloomgarden

Associate Producer: Jesse Ash

Audio:
Recorded & Mixed by Jeff Wolpert
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc.
DVD authoring and encoding: Thomas Ryan Gateway Mastering & DVD

Graphic Design: Dean St. Croix
Select Photography: Bob Stamp

Live Performances

“The Gates Of Istanbul”
Music and Lyric by Loreena McKennitt

“The Highwayman”
Words by Alfred Noyes, abridged by Loreena McKennitt
Music by Loreena McKennitt

“Never-Ending Road – (Amhrán Duit)”
Music and Lyric by Loreena McKennitt
Additional Music:

From the Quinlan Road CD An Ancient Muse
“Incantation”
“The Gates Of Istanbul”
“Caravanserai”
“Kecharitomene”
“Sacred Shabbat”
“Beneath A Phrygian Sky”

From the Quinlan Road CD The Book Of Secrets
“Marco Polo”
“La Serenissima”

From the Quinlan Road CD The Mask And Mirror
“The Bonny Swans”
“The Dark Night Of The Soul”

From the Quinlan Road CD The Visit
“Between The Shadows”

From the Quinlan Road CD Elemental
“Come By The Hills”
All songs written and/or arranged by Loreena McKennitt. All songs are copyright throughout the world by Quinlan Road Music Ltd.

(SOCAN/BMI). In Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, all rights are administered by Quinlan Road Music Ltd. Throughout the rest of the world, all rights are administered by Universal Music Publishing MGB except for:

“The Highwayman”
Words by Alfred Noyes
abridged by Loreena McKennitt
Music by Loreena McKennitt

“Sacred Shabbat”
Traditional, arranged by Loreena McKennitt

“Edelweiss”
Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (Williamson Music)

Special Thanks

Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec
www.manoirhovey.com

The Madrigal Classical Record Shop, Halifax, NS
www.themadrigal.com
Still photography courtesy of:

Ann Cutting
Jane Edmonds
Elisabeth Feryn
John Hazen
Pamela Hughes
Demetris Koilalous
Gerry Kopelow
Stefan Malzkorn
J. McArdle
Sveva Sanseverino
David Street
Additional Footage Courtesy Of:

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: TV Archives Sales
“Super Dave Osborne Show” footage courtesy of Super Dave Productions Ltd

Real World Studios footage – York Tillyer

How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording book jacket courtesy of the author, Diane Rapaport

Billboard, Nielsen Business Media
Special thanks to Real World Studios, Bath, UK

Documentary Production

zoomarifilms, (Canada):

Camera Operators
Rich Schlansker
Andre Khabad
Stephane Kesgeski
Brian Miller
Pierre Dussault
Nicholas Faust
Andre LaPointe
Norman Lateur
Sébastien LeCorre
Eddy Paul
Bob Zimmerman
Carl Alcock
Sean Cable
Jim Borecki

Steadicam Operators
Gilles Fillion
Jim Van Dijk
Norbert Kaluza

Steadicam Assistants
Larry Portman
Robert Wood

Engineers
Keith Holding
Brent Marchenski

Key Dolly Grip
Guy Bissonnet

Audio Operators
Chris Breier
Mike Curtiss
Dan Stewart
Brent Robichaud

Utilities
Claude Pothier
Nelson Renaud

Production Assistant
Raynald Lavoie

zoomarifilms, (USA):

Camera Operators
Rich Schlansker
Brian Miller
Michael Mulvey
Mark McCauley

Audio Operators
Mike Curtiss
Dave Baker

Production Assistant
Raynald Lavoie

Edit Assistants
Andrew Neary
Skyler Rousselet

Production Rentals
Video Equipment Rentals, Craig Ellefsen
Gary Theobald Productions, Inc.

Tour Personnel

Executive Assistant:
Mark McCauley

Tour Manager
Roger Searle

Production Manager
Grant McAree

House Sound Engineer
Clive Alcock

Lighting Designer
Bob Stamp

Set Design
Doug Paraschuk

Stage Monitor Engineer
Dave Pallett

Stage Manager
Terry Mueller

Production Assistant
Darlene Blaeser

Stage Technician
Philippe Hebert

Stage Technician
Jonathan McAuley

Harp and Piano Technician
Peter Danilowicz

Audio System Technician
Keith Watson

Audio Technician
Pete Villeneuve

Lighting Technician
Graeme Rivers

Merchandiser
Errol Fischer

Merchandiser
Susan Rolph

Masseuse
Christine Sutherland

Dietician
Suzi McGowan

Make-up
Diana Carreiro

Artist Bus Driver
Tom Blauvelt

Band Bus Driver
Tom Torrisi

Crew Bus Driver
Linda Wiley

Crew Bus Driver
Steve Morgan

Truck Driver
Pierre Labelle

Truck Driver
Francois St-Jean

Tour Support

Allstar Show Industries
Christie Lighting
Stratford Festival Design
Les Enterprises Truck n Roll
Roberts Bros. Coaches
Carlson Wagonlit Blowes Travel
En Tour LTD.
BZEE Brokerage
Quinlan Road Limited Perseus Productions Inc.

Ian Blackaby
Business Affairs

Ron Hay
Legal
Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond, LLP

Michael Till and Peter Williams
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A Moveable Musical Feast is a unique souvenir of Loreena McKennitt’s 2007 An Ancient Muse tour and offers a rare backstage look at one of contemporary music’s most interesting live performers.

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