Several of the songs were initiated by McKennitt some time ago. Others have been progressively taking shape in the midst of more recent projects and journeys. A few draw on the poetry of John Keats and W.B. Yeats, while another evokes a distinct Middle Eastern flavour. In Lost Souls they all come together to create an artistically diverse and timely collection.
“With respect to the title track ‘Lost Souls,’ I was greatly inspired by a book of Ronald Wright’s entitled A Short History of Progress,” comments McKennitt. “He suggests that we as a species may have lost our moral compass with respect to ‘progress’ and that we have become ‘lost souls’.”
In keeping “with the times,” a few songs will appear as instant gratification tracks in advance of the formal release date. The first, “A Hundred Wishes,” will be available on March 9 on iTunes and all music services. A light, contemporary track harkening to earlier times, it features Loreena on piano, with long–time colleagues Caroline Lavelle on cello, Hugh Marsh on violin, Brian Hughes on guitar and Dudley Phillips on bass.
The album also features such specialty artists as Robert Brian and Tal Bergman (Drums), Hossam Ramsey, Graham Hargrove and Rick Lazar (Percussion), Nigel Eaton (Hurdy Gurdy), Panos Dimitrakopoulos (Kanoun), Sokratis Sinopoulos (Lyra), Haig Yazdjian (Oud), Ana Alcaide (Nyckelharpa), Daniel Casares (Flamenco Guitars) and Miguel Ortiz Ruvira (Flamenco Percussion)
Engineered by Yossi Shakked, Stuart Bruce and Jeff Wolpert, Lost Souls was mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios. The album package was designed by Jeri Heiden, of Smog Design, Inc.
Lost Souls will be available as a CD, 180-gram vinyl record, and through all music services, including iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify.
International touring plans for 2018/2019 will be announced in the coming months.
McKennitt’s eclectic Celtic blend of pop, folk and world music has sold over 14 million albums worldwide. Her recordings have achieved Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum status in 15 countries on four continents. She has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award and has won two Juno Awards, as well as a Billboard International Achievement Award.
She has performed in some of the world’s most-respected and historic concert venues, from Carnegie Hall to the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain and for dignitaries including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and numerous heads of state.
In addition to her musical career, McKennitt has been recognized for a number of noteworthy philanthropic initiatives, including: