An album that captures the scope and diversity of Loreena’s catalogue and her travels is about to be released, first in Latin America and early next year in other parts of the world. The Journey So Far – The Best of Loreena McKennitt, is now on sale in Argentina and Brazil and available in those two countries through iTunes.
“One of the motivating factors in putting out a best-so-far album was to introduce the music to parts of the world that for one reason or another have not had ready access to my catalogue over the years. The album was created foremost with those people in mind,” says Loreena. “I realize many of you are also waiting for a new recording and I am certainly mindful of that as well.”
The Journey So Far is also being released in Argentina and Brazil in advance of other locations because Loreena is about to embark on her first Latin American Tour. The tour kicks off Oct. 24, 2013 in Buenos Aires and will include performances of many of the songs featured on the album. The album is also being released in Denmark on Oct. 28 to coincide with the DVD release of Skotland, the 1998 documentary television series by TV host, journalist and writer Soren Ryge. The series brought Loreena’s music to the wider attention of the Danish public when it was included as part of the background music. (The Ryge DVD will only be available in Danish, however.) The Journey So Far will be released in Canada, the U.S., U.K. and the rest of Europe in early March 2014.
The album features 12 fan favourites, hand-picked by Loreena herself. “When I look back on the road from where I have come, the people I have met, and the places and experiences which have informed the music – or even where we created or recorded the music – I marvel at how rich my journey has been,” says Loreena. “If there is such a thing as a musical travel writer, then I believe I am one.” Songs on the new album include ‘The Mystic’s Dream’, ‘Bonny Portmore’, ‘The Bonny Swans’, ‘The Mummers’ Dance’, ‘Down By The Sally Gardens’, ‘Stolen Child’, ‘The Lady Of Shalott’, ‘Marco Polo’, ‘Penelope’s Song’, ‘Huron ‘Beltane’ Fire Dance’, ‘The Old Ways’ and ‘Dante’s Prayer’.