May 28, 2018
McKennitt’s Lost Souls Tour kicks off in South America
Her first visit in five years begins in São Paulo October 30th
STRATFORD, ON – The multi-award winning Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, who just released her first recording of original songs since 2006, has announced she will begin her Lost Souls Tour this fall in Brazil, followed by performances in Argentina and Chile.
Produced by the award-winning artist herself, the album Lost Souls is an eclectic tapestry of songs drawn from a wide range of influences, including Celtic and Middle Eastern,with which she has long been identified. The album was released to critical acclaim on May 11, 2018.
“I am thrilled to return to South America this fall and to perform some of the songs from my new album. Our plans are to tour off and on over the next few years” says McKennitt. “As I’m not only the artist, but also the manager of my business I am heavily involved in building the tours and as a result we’re not able to tour as much or as steadily as some other artists. Nevertheless, we are hoping to perform in as many territories as possible, as sharing the music (live) is one of the most enjoyable phases of the creative cycle.”
There are four performances in Brazil: Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 in São Paulo, Nov. 2 in Rio De Janeiro and Nov. 4 in Belo Horizonte. On Nov. 7, she performs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The South American leg of the tour will wrap up Nov. 9 in Santiago, Chile.
McKennitt will be accompanied by fellow musicians Brian Hughes on guitars, oud and Celtic bouzouki, Caroline Lavelle on cello, Hugh Marsh on violin, Dudley Philips on double bass and Robert Brian on drums.
While the concert will draw on McKennitt’s expansive catalogue of recordings, she will also be performing songs from her latest album. McKennitt composed several of the songs on Lost Souls some time ago. Others have been progressively taking shape in the midst of more recent projects and journeys. A few draw on the poetry of John Keats and W.B. Yeats, while another evokes a distinct Middle Eastern flavour. In Lost Souls the songs all come together to create an artistically diverse and timely collection.
“Lost Souls is suffused with a mood of Celtic folk classicism that is undoubtedly calming, possibly enriching.” — The Times UK
Lost Soulswas released as a CD and 180-gram vinyl record, and through all music services, including iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify.
While McKennitt has indicated she plans to continue the Lost Souls Tour through to 2020, no further dates have yet been confirmed.
Loreena 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 Juno Awards, as well as a Billboard International Achievement Award.
She 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, including:
- The Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety
- Falstaff Family Centre
- Honorary Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force
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