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Loreena McKennitt - Under A Winter's Moon

In September 2022, Loreena announced in an email to the members list the release of a new album and a short seasonal tour.

Extracts from that email and from the official website:

Loreena performed and recorded a series of live seasonal concerts with special guests in December 2021. She's now releasing that magical concert as her 16th album, entitled Under A Winter's Moon - with a two-week companion TOUR of Ontario set to launch in early December.

The six-panel, two-disc digipak will be released Nov. 18, 2022 on her own label, Quinlan Road. The album features 15 seasonal songs performed live by Loreena, interspersed with seasonal readings by Canadian Indigenous actor and Companion of the Order of Canada, Tom Jackson, Gemini Award-winning actor Cedric Smith and Ojibway artist and flautist Jeffrey "Red" George.

"On a handful of winter's nights close to the solstice of December 2021, my musical friends and I wove this miscellany of music and spoken word," writes Loreena in the new album's liner notes. "I sought to incorporate elements of the oral traditions found in many cultures - to capture, inspire and reconnect us with our past, while offering a reminder of the people of those times and what their manner of communication meant in their lives and might mean still." ~ Loreena

The album features such seasonal favourites as "Coventry Carol", "Good King Wenceslas" and the "Huron Carol". The first set begins with Jackson reading The Sky Woman Story, an Indigenous creation story. The whole second set embodies Smith's reading, in six parts, of A Child's Christmas in Wales, a moving and nostalgic piece of prose by the late Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, interspersed with some of Loreena's favourite carols.

This is also the first time Loreena has ever recorded the "Huron Carol". Also known as "'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime", it's the oldest known Canadian Christmas song. It was written in 1642 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons settlement. Brébeuf's lyrics were originally written in the native language of the Huron-Wendat Indigenous people.

Track list

Links lead to lyrics pages of the earlier released albums or to new lyrics pages.

Track List
CD 1
  1. Tom Jackson Reads The Sky Woman Story   (3:07)
  2. Balulalow   (3:02)
  3. Let Us The Infant Greet   (2:57)
  4. The Wexford Carol   (4:22)
  5. Banquet Hall   (3:09) [instr.]
  6. Dickens' Dublin   (5:16)
  7. Un Flambeau Jeanette, Isabelle /
    I Saw Three Ships -- Medley   (3:06) [instr.]
  8. Jeffrey George Recites Winter Diamonds   (4:21)
  9. Huron Carol   (7:09) [new]
  10. Let All That Are To Mirth Inclined   (3:32)
CD 2
  1. Snow   (4:38)
  2. A Child's Christmas In Wales, Part One   (5:00)
  3. The Holly And The Ivy   (2:22)
  4. A Child's Christmas In Wales, Part Two   (7:35)
  5. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen   (4:03)
  6. A Child's Christmas In Wales, Part Three   (3:53)
  7. Gloucestershire Wassail   (1:20)
  8. A Child's Christmas In Wales, Part Four   (4:04)
  9. Good King Wenceslas   (2:29)
  10. A Child's Christmas In Wales, Part Five   (2:48)
  11. Coventry Carol   (2:18)
  12. A Child's Christmas In Wales, Part Six   (1:45)
  13. In The Bleak Midwinter   (2:40) [instr.]


<=== The Loreena McKennitt main page  /  CD index  /  lyrics index

or directly to one of her CDs or videos on these pages:

[CD: Elemental] [CD: To drive the cold winter away] [CD: Parallel dreams] [CD: The visit] [CD: The mask and mirror] [CD: The book of secrets] [CD: An ancient muse] [CD: The wind that shakes the barley] [CD: Lost souls] [CD: The road back home]
[CD: A winter garden] [CD: A midwinter night's dream] [CD: Under a winter's moon] [CD: Live in San Francisco] [CD: Live in Paris and Toronto] [CD: A Mediterranean Odyssey] [CD: Troubadours on the Rhine] [CD: The journey so far] [CD: Live at the Royal Albert Hall] [CD: The mask and mirror Live] [video: No journey's end] [video: Nights from the Alhambra] [video: A moveable musical feast]

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