Loreena McKennitt’s new album, Lost Souls – her first recording of original songs since the 2006 album An Ancient Muse.
Produced by the award‐winning Canadian singer/composer herself, Lost Souls is an eclectic tapestry of songs drawn from a wide range of influences, including the Celtic and Middle Eastern with which she has long been identified.
The nine‐track album was recorded from May through October 2017 in Hamilton, Canada at Catherine North Studios and at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios near Bath, in South West England. Several of the songs included on ‘Lost Souls’ were initiated by McKennitt 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 they all come together to create an artistically diverse and timely collection.
The first featured track from the album “A Hundred Wishes,” is a contemporary track that harkens back to earlier times, it features Loreena on piano, with long‐time colleagues Caroline Lavelle on cello, Hugh Marsh on violin, Brian Hughes on guitar and Dudley Phillips on bass. The album also features such specialty artists as Robert Brian and Tal Bergman (Drums), Hossam Ramsey, Graham Hargrove and Rick Lazar (Percussion), Nigel Eaton (Hurdy Gurdy), Panos Dimitrakopoulos (Kanoun), Sokratis Sinopoulos (Lyra), Haig Yazdjian (Oud), Ana Alcaide (Nyckelharpa), Daniel Casares (Flamenco Guitars) and Miguel Ortiz Ruvira (Flamenco Percussion)
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.