It’s a wonderful way to wrap up a busy and productive year. Everyone here at Quinlan Road was thrilled to learn that Troubadours On the Rhine has earned Loreena a Grammy Award nomination in the New Age category.  Recorded in 2011 at  the SWR radio station in Mainz, Germany as part of a promotional trip for The Wind that Shakes the Barley, the album features nine songs performed live, with accompaniment by two of her long-time musicians, Brian Hughes on guitar and Caroline Lavelle on cello.

“I was a little surprised to find myself as a New Age nominee,” said Loreena, “especially since I’ve always thought of my music more as being in the ‘world’ category. But as the music industry changes these categories seem less and less important and I’m extremely grateful to have this kind of recognition.”

This is Loreena’s second Grammy nomination. She was also nominated in 2007 for her best-selling CD, An Ancient Muse. The awards have been presented since 1959 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the United States in recognition of outstanding achievement in the music industry. Back in Canada, Loreena has also won two Juno Awards in the Best Roots/Traditional Album category, for The Visit (1992) and for The Mask And Mirror (1994).

The Grammy awards will be held Feb 9-10, with categories such as New Age being part of the non-broadcast presentations on Feb 9.