Song of the Week: “The Mummer’s Dance” – Loreena McKennitt

30 Sep

Gray fall day today, so we’re going for atmospherics, tune-wise. Loreena McKennitt is a Canadian composer and singer of world music (particularly Celtic and Middle Eastern), with a haunting voice. This track is from her 1997 album, The Book of Secrets. If you like this sort of thing I also recommend her musical interpretation of Alfred Noyes’ narrative poem, “The Highwayman,” (on the same album) as well as “The Mystic’s Dream” from 1994’s The Mask and the Mirror. There are two versions of this week’s song, the radio version, which accompanied the music video (and is shorter and more percussive), and the album version, which I prefer. Below is a fan video of the latter.

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