In a stirring and inspirational return to her roots, Loreena McKennitt created this album of traditional Celtic songs, recorded in the historic 1832 Sharon Temple north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Every once and again there is a pull to return to one’s own roots or beginnings, with the perspective of time and experience, to feel the familiar things you once loved and love still,” says Loreena.

Consisting of nine songs, it was recorded with some of Loreena’s long-time musical companions along with a cast of other accomplished musicians.



Loreena McKennitt
Vocals: 1,2,4,5,6,7,9. Keyboards: 1,5,6,8. Harp: 2,3,4,7. Accordion: 1,7,8.

Brian Hughes:
Electric Guitar: 2,4,6,8. Celtic Bouzouki: 1,3,5,7. Acoustic Guitar: 1,8. Drone: 3.

Hugh Marsh:
Violin: 1 – 9.

Caroline Lavelle:
Cello: 1 – 8

Ben Grossman:
Bodhran: 1,5. Frame Drum: 3. Taber: 3. Triangle: 1. Bells: 3,5. Shaker: 5. Hurdy Gurdy Drone: 6.

Ian Harper:
Uilleann Pipes: 1,4,5,8. Whistle: 3,5,6,8.

Tony McManus:
Acoustic Guitar: 2,4,7,9.

Jeff Bird:
Mandola: 1,5. Mandolin: 3,6,8. Acoustic Bass: 1,8.

Pat Simmonds:
Acoustic Guitar: 1,5,6,8. Button Accordion: 3,5.

Andrew Collins:
Mandolin: 2,7. Mandocello: 7.

Brian Taheny:
Mandolin: 4.

Chris Gartner:
Bass: 4.

Andrew Downing:
Acoustic Bass: 5.

Jason Fowler:
Acoustic Guitar: 5.

Writing Credits

As I Roved Out
Words and Music Traditional, arranged by by Loreena McKennitt

On A Bright May Morning
Words and Music Traditional, arranged by by Loreena McKennitt

Down By The Sally Gardens
Words by W. B. Yeats
Music Traditional, arranged by Loreena McKennitt

The Star Of The County Down
Words and Music Traditional, arranged by by Loreena McKennitt

The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Words by Robert Dwyer Joyce
Music Traditional, arranged by by Loreena McKennitt

The Death of Queen Jane
Words traditional
Music by Dáithí Sproule (Dáithí Sproule Publishing — BMI)

The Parting Glass
Words and Music Traditional, arranged by by Loreena McKennitt


Assistant to Producer:
Brian Hughes

Assistant to Producer:
Mark McCauley

Business Affairs:
Ian Blackaby

Production Coordinator:
Bill Bruce

Recording and Mixing Engineer:
Jeff Wolpert, Desert Fish Inc.

Assistant Engineer:
Sydney Galbraith

Production Assistant:
Keith Watson

Art Direction:
Philip Manning & Loreena McKennitt

Graphic Design:
Philip Manning

Cover Photo:
Demetris Koilalous

Profile Photo:
Ann Cutting

Temple Photo:
Mark Fram

Mastered by:
Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc.

Vinyl Mastering:
Doug Sax, Sangwook “Sunny” Nam, The Mastering Lab

Recorded at: The Sharon Temple, Sharon, Ontario, Canada.

Projects such as this also rely on the bountiful efforts of many who are not mentioned here. My sincerest thanks to them.

In addition to CD format, The Wind that Shakes the Barley is also being offered as high-quality, 180-gram vinyl in a numbered, limited edition run of 5,000.  These are anticipated to become collectors’ items.

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