Celebrating three decades as Canada’s foremost, groundbreaking independent artist, Loreena McKennitt is set to bring a rare and intimate tour to select venues across the U.S. and Canada this fall. Normally performing with her band in large concert halls around the world, this unique series will feature McKennitt in the trio formation which garnered her a 2012 Grammy nomination for Troubadours on the Rhine.
Joined by longtime collaborators Brian Hughes and Caroline Lavelle, this atmospheric evening will feature music and tales inspired by McKennitt’s exotic travels in pursuit of the history of the Celts—from the Sufis in Istanbul, to the Berbers in Morocco, to Delphi in Greece, to the Irish mystical poems of Yeats and classical writers such as Shakespeare and Tennyson—all of which have informed her passionate and sometimes mystical musical expression. Please see below for full tour routing
McKennitt’s eclectic Celtic blend of pop, folk and world music has sold over 14 million albums worldwide. Her recordings have achieved gold, platinum and multi-platinum status in 15 countries on four continents. She has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award and has won two Junos, as well as a Billboard International Achievement Award.
McKennitt has performed in some of the world’s most-respected and historic concert venues, from Carnegie Hall to the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain and for dignitaries including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and numerous heads of state.
In addition to her musical career, McKennitt has been recognized for a number of noteworthy philanthropic initiatives. In 1998, she founded the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety, and she was instrumental in the transformation of a 1929 neo-Gothic school into the Falstaff Family Centre, a charitable organization focused on families and children.
McKennitt is a Member of the Order of Manitoba (2003) and the Order of Canada (2004), and in 2013 she was appointed Knight of the National Order of Arts and Letters of the Republic of France. As a privacy advocate, she won a landmark privacy case in the UK. She has also been awarded four honorary degrees for her non-musical endeavours.
In 2006, McKennitt was appointed as the Royal Canadian Air Force Honorary Colonel of 435 Transport & Rescue Squadron (Winnipeg), and in September 2014 was appointed as the Honorary Colonel of the RCAF.