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Loreena McKennitt — Huron Beltane Fire Dance
Album: Parallel Dreams
Avg rating:
7.3

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Total ratings: 729









Released: 1989
Length: 4:12
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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Harp? I thought it was a hammered dulcimer. 

Now I'm almost bummed out. We need more hammered dulcimer music!    
Hoyoyoyoyoyoy
I had this artist confused with Lori McKenna, an incredible songwriter in her own right. I like 'em both.






With this tune I feel like I'm floating in the boat somewhere in the night forest. Torchlight. Crystal water of the river. And I'm a viking from very-very past.
definitely going to invest in a copy of this whole album, never heard her before, but I'm loving it!
goosebumps
 Antigone wrote:

I posted this comment in 2007. I feel the same today about this song.

 
and again:

 Antigone wrote:

I find this a little more lively than the rest of her music that I've heard. It's not quite as self-consciously serious.

  .

Still true.


Perfect for today!
Huron Beltane.

Parallel Dreams.  

Okay, I get it.  
masterpiece
Dec 2, first row, centre in the balcony at the National Arts Centre here in Ottawa. I'll be there watching and listening.
The intro sounds like Loreena doing some vocal warm-ups with a leftover backing track or two mixed in. So what? I like it anyway!
 Antigone wrote:
I find this a little more lively than the rest of her music that I've heard. It's not quite as self-consciously serious.
 
I posted this comment in 2007. I feel the same today about this song.
Can't for the life of me understand why some people don't like McKennitt's music...
Love Loreena, and she is wonderful in person as well.
no
Love it.  Introduced to it by my beautiful friend Lyndsay as she learnt to belly dance to it.  Can still see it in my mind whenever i hear this song.  What a lovely thought for a Sunday morning.
 
 mark63 wrote:
this makes me want cabbage and potatoes
 
And a Harp ale!
It's too close to Samhain to do the Beltane fire dance.

this makes me want cabbage and potatoes
 fredriley wrote:
Pleasant enough, but to these ears a bit, hmm, 'airy'. 6 from the Nottingham jury.
 
Hey- +1 from your 2007 rating. It must be growing on you. :)

That said… the tune is OK. I'm a fan, have seen her live, but this one doesn't do much for me. 
 jadewahoo wrote:
Loreena melds the ancient roots of celtic music with the tempos of modern pop and adds her own flair of the mystical into the mix. IMHO she has found a winning combination. Her music may not be 'traditional' celtic, but then, why must it be?
 
None at all, and indeed modern Scottish and Irish music is highly innovative, melding a whole range of musical influences (jazz, salsa, rock, African, and much more) with traditional forms - think of bands like Runrig, Capercaillie, Dòchas, Salsa Celtica, Afro-Celt Sound System, to name but a few. So there's nothing wrong and plenty right with McKennitt's approach, but to this Celtophile and fan of modern Celtic music her stuff all sounds a bit Enya, a bit Clannad, traditional forms with their edges removed.  A good intro to modern Celtic music, but as an aperitivo - once you've got the taste, go for the main course.

Pleasant enough, but to these ears a bit, hmm, 'airy'. 6 from the Nottingham jury.


Loreena melds the ancient roots of celtic music with the tempos of modern pop and adds her own flair of the mystical into the mix. IMHO she has found a winning combination. Her music may not be 'traditional' celtic, but then, why must it be?
Loreena knows how to do it all right!
Welcome back listeners

C'mon, Bill, follow this with something from Kate Bush's Red Shoes, whydontcha?
 macadavy wrote:
How 'bout them Canajun wimmen?  From Joni Mitchell and Sylvia Tyson to Sarah Mclachlan and k d lang and everyone in between (Be Good Tanyas, Wailin' Jennys) its a long, long list of incredible talents:
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Category:Canadian_female_singers&until=Luft%2C+Cara
 
Canadian women .....hmmmmm. That list should be updated, it's way too short.

please make it stop! {#Puke}


rbigelo wrote:
Maybe it's the Celt in me (my grandparents are from Belfast, Northern Ireland; Aberdeen, Scotland; Cardiff, Wales and Truro, Cornwall), I just can't get enough of music like this.


 
parrothead wrote:
We could be related from a long, long time ago.
 
Being that I'm of Norse heritage, you can both just call me Uncle Kirok.

 macadavy wrote:
How 'bout them Canajun wimmen?  From Joni Mitchell and Sylvia Tyson to Sarah Mclachlan and k d lang and everyone in between (Be Good Tanyas, Wailin' Jennys) its a long, long list of incredible talents:
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Category:Canadian_female_singers&until=Luft%2C+Cara
 
Especially when they show their Celtic roots. Gotta love it!! 9

This woman's music is so banal I'm surprised she can stay awake until the end of a song. This one at least has the attribute of being short.

How 'bout them Canajun wimmen?  From Joni Mitchell and Sylvia Tyson to Sarah Mclachlan and k d lang and everyone in between (Be Good Tanyas, Wailin' Jennys) its a long, long list of incredible talents:
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Category:Canadian_female_singers&until=Luft%2C+Cara


rbigelo wrote:
Maybe it's the Celt in me (my grandparents are from Belfast, Northern Ireland; Aberdeen, Scotland; Cardiff, Wales and Truro, Cornwall), I just can't get enough of music like this. :music:
We could be related from a long, long time ago.
jpfueler wrote:
Who got the Bean in their Bannock?
bannock = auf beiden Seiten gebackenes Fladenbrot (bannock = special kind of bread that was baken from both sides) :think: :eek: Ontopic: Spiritual sound... Nice when in the mood, I guess.
nice sound but not really my thing........ :bananajam:
I find this a little more lively than the rest of her music that I've heard. It's not quite as self-consciously serious.
Who got the Bean in their Bannock?
Maybe it's the Celt in me (my grandparents are from Belfast, Northern Ireland; Aberdeen, Scotland; Cardiff, Wales and Truro, Cornwall), I just can't get enough of music like this. :music:
I have to say this song isn't that great. The percussions started to catch my attention.
I didn't think that Huron Indians would celebrate Beltane, but... :think:
good song!
As good as it gets . . .
:sunny: GOOD STUFF!!!!
fredriley wrote:
As long as she doesn't sing her clunky pseudo-mystical lyrics, her music's acceptable in a sort of 'world music lite' way - a bit like what Enya's done to Celtic music, but not as good. Pleasant enough, if not right memorable. A five from the Nottingham jury.
:naughty: That's part of what makes her music so good :daisy:
As long as she doesn't sing her clunky pseudo-mystical lyrics, her music's acceptable in a sort of 'world music lite' way - a bit like what Enya's done to Celtic music, but not as good. Pleasant enough, if not right memorable. A five from the Nottingham jury.
celadonstone wrote:
Now this is cool, pagan fun. :jump:
Wait a sec.... I am not a pagan and I love Loreena's music!!! :daisy: :meditate: :daisy:
Now this is cool, pagan fun. :jump:
Not enough Loreena fans are familiar with her first two records, both of which are good stuff, and more harp than the new album