Loreena McKennitt releases her first 'unplugged' recording to coincide with her European tour. Troubadours on the Rhine features the singer in a unique radio performance in a 'house concert' setting.
During the promotional tour of The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Loreena performed an hour-long concert in the studios of German radio station SWR1, accompanied only by Brian Hughes (guitars) and Caroline Lavelle (cello) who have long been part of her tours and recordings.
Over the course of the evening, McKennitt performed material from her new album, alongside traditional songs and fan favourites drawn from her catalogue, including The Lady of Shalott, Bonny Portmore and The Bonny Swans.
"This is quite different from my other recordings. The experience was akin to an intimate house concert that I might have performed in my living room for a handful of friends." - Loreena McKennitt
Meanwhile, McKennitt - who has sold more than 14 million records worldwide - is preparing for her 2012 "Celtic Footprints" World Tour in March, with an opening leg that includes 32 European dates in 11 countries - playing to more than 60,000 people.
1. Bonny Portmore
2. Down by the Sally Gardens
3. The Wind That Shakes the Barley
4. Between the Shadows
5. The Lady of Shalotte
6. Stolen Child
7. Penelope's Song
8. The Bonny Swans
9. The Parting Glass
-Vocals, Harp & Keyboard
-Troubadours on the Rhine
Produced by Loreena McKennitt
-Original Broadcast Recorded and Produced on 24th of March, 2011 by Robert Schreml and Michael Dorka at SWR-Mainz, Germany for SWR1.
-Mixed by: Brian Hughes
-Audio Consultant: Jeff Wolpert, Desert Fish Inc.
-Graphic Design: Philip Manning
-Cover Image: Morphart Photography
-Mastering: Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc. Portland, ME.
-Recording released under license by courtesy of SWR Media Services GmbH.
-Recorded at: The Studios of SWR1, Germany.
-Assistant to Producer: Mark McCauley
-Business Affairs: Ian Blackaby
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