180 Gram Vinyl Record
2006 album reissued on limited edition 180-gram vinyl
10th Anniversary Edition limited to 10,000 copies
Album download included, offer subject to expiration
Aptly, it is an echo of Homer's timeless "Odyssey" that introduces Celtic artist Loreena McKennitt's seventh studio recording. The 2006 release was the singer-composer's first new studio recording in nine years.
This time, the journey takes her in search of the Celts' easternmost paths, from the plains of Mongolia to the kingdom of King Midas and the Byzantine Empire. Along the way, she muses on the concepts of home, of travel in all its incarnations, of the cultural intermingling that underpins human history and our universal legacies of conflict and hope.
Recorded at Real World Studios and featuring a host of acclaimed musicians, the album proffers a treasure trove of instruments, from harp, hurdy-gurdy and accordion to oud, lyra, kanoun and nyckelharpa (the Scandinavian keyed fiddle). Together, the nine songs that comprise An Ancient Muse conjure up a wide world's worth of human stories that are as unique as they are unforgettable.
|2. The Gates of Istanbul|
|4. The English Ladye and the Knight|
|6. Penelope's Song|
|7. Sacred Shabbat|
|8. Beneath a Phrygian Sky|
|9. Never-Ending Road (Amhrán Duit)|