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Artist: Loreena McKennitt
Type: Album
Release date: 1985
Run time: 36:34
My Rating: 7

  1. Blacksmith (3:21)
  2. She Moved Through the Fair (4:05)
  3. Stolen Child (5:07)
  4. The Lark in the Clear Air (2:07)
  5. Carrighfergus (3:27)
  6. Kellswater (5:17)
  7. Banks of Claudy (5:37)
  8. Come by the Hills (3:04)
  9. Lullaby (4:27)


From Loreena's first album it's not hard to see why she's had a long career in music. This includes such titbits as a gloriously beautiful rendition of "She Moved Through the Fair", and a bloody good version of "Carrighfergus" featuring the mellow vocals of Cedric Smith. Loreena has the talent and the voice to make the tales of lost love she sings heartbreaking, but then she turns around and does that with a simple harp and violin in "The Lark in the Clear Air".

Much of this album is fairly minimalistic, especially compared to some of her later work - often she'll be accompanied only by a harp or piano. Simplicity is bliss. The album ends with "Lullaby", a gentle piece which includes William Blake's prologue for King Edward IV read by Elliot Hayes (I think).

[Cover - please do not remote link]

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