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An Ancient Muse

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Released  November 21, 2006
Length  54:19
Release date  21 November 2006
Genres  Folk music, World music
Recorded  June 2005-August 2006
Artist  Loreena McKennitt
Label  Quinlan Road
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An Ancient Muse (2006)  Nights from the Alhambra (2007)
Nominations  Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo
Similar  Loreena McKennitt albums, Folk music albums

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An Ancient Muse is the seventh full-length studio album of the Canadian singer, songwriter, accordionist, harpist, and pianist, Loreena McKennitt. It was released on November 20, 2006 internationally, and November 21, 2006 in the United States and Canada. It was her first studio album after a 9-year gap. It has now sold more than one million copies worldwide.

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Overview

Work on An Ancient Muse started in 2005. According to reports on McKennitt's Quinlan Road website, most of the inspiration for the tracks of the album came from the music of Greece, Turkey, the Middle East and the Far East. Most of the tracks, with the exception of three revealed at the mid-September concerts in the Alhambra of Granada in Spain, were completely unknown until the release.

An Ancient Muse debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at number 83, with about 19,000 copies sold in its first week. This was also its peak position on the chart.

Track listing

All music and lyrics written by Loreena McKennitt except as noted.

  1. "Incantation" – 2:35
  2. "The Gates of Istanbul" – 6:59
  3. "Caravanserai" – 7:36
  4. "The English Ladye and the Knight" (lyrics by Sir Walter Scott) – 6:49
  5. "Kecharitomene" – 6:34
  6. "Penelope's Song" – 4:21
  7. "Sacred Shabbat" (Kâtibim arr. Loreena McKennitt) – 3:59
  8. "Beneath a Phrygian Sky" – 9:32
  9. "Never-ending Road (Amhrán Duit)" – 5:54
Bonus tracks
  1. "Raglan Road" – 6:12 – an unreleased track on a bonus disc exclusive to Barnes & Noble
  2. "Beneath a Phrygian Sky (Gordian version)" – 9:25 – exclusive iTunes Store remix

Personnel

  • Tal Bergman – drums (2, 3), percussion (5, 8)
  • Stuart Bruce – vocal drone (1, 8), percussion (5)
  • Clive Deamer – drums (8)
  • Panos Dimitrakopoulos – kanoun (2, 3, 5, 7, 9)
  • Nigel Eaton – hurdy-gurdy (3, 5)
  • Ben Grossman – hurdy-gurdy (5)
  • Ed Hanley – tabla (5), udu drum (5)
  • Jason Hann – percussion (8)
  • Steáfán Hannigan – Turkish clarinet (1, 5, 8), vocal drone (1, 8), uilleann pipes (8, 9)
  • Brian Hughes – electric guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9), guitar synthesizer (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9), vocal drone (1, 8), oud (2, 3, 5), Celtic bouzouki (2, 3, 5, 8), nylon string guitar (5, 8, 9)
  • Charlie Jones: acoustic bass (5, 6)
  • Manu Katché – drums (5)
  • Georgios Kontogiannis – Greek bouzouki (2, 3)
  • Tim Landers – bass (2, 3, 8)
  • Caroline Lavelle – cello (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Rick Lazar – percussion (1, 5, 8)
  • Annbjørg Lien – nyckelharpa (6)
  • Hugh Marsh – violin (3, 5, 6)
  • Loreena McKennitt – vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9), keyboards (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), accordion (3), harp (4), percussion (5), piano (8)
  • Marco Migliari – vocal drone (1, 8)
  • Donald Quan – viola (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9), vocal drone (1, 8)
  • Hossam Ramzay – percussion (2, 5)
  • Sokratis Sinopoulos – lyra (2, 3, 7, 8)
  • Haig Yazdjian – oud (2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
  • Choristers of Westminster Abbey; Alex Pott, Elliot Thompson and Nicholas Morris – vocals (4)
  • Songs

    1Incantation2:37
    2The Gates Of Istanbul6:59
    3Caravanserai7:36

    References

    An Ancient Muse Wikipedia


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