Celebrating over thirty years as Canada’s foremost, groundbreaking independent artist, Loreena McKennitt and her label Quinlan Road/Universal Music Canada are pleased to announce the March 4 vinyl release of her 2011 recording Troubadours on the Rhine. This limited edition LP is pressed at Record Industry in the Netherlands on 180g vinyl and marks the seventh in a series of collector’s vinyl limited edition releases from Quinlan Road and Loreena McKennitt since 2010’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
Recorded live in front of an invited audience at the Mainz studios of German radio broadcaster SWR1 on March 24th, 2011, McKennitt, accompanied solely by Brian Hughes (guitars) and Caroline Lavelle (cello), performed an hour long set drawn from the material on her then-current album, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, alongside traditional songs and fan favourites drawn from her catalogue, including The Lady of Shalott, Bonny Portmore and The Bonny Swans. Troubadours on the Rhine was initially released in February 2012 exactly as it was performed, without additional recording, overdubs or corrections, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the same year.
“We’re excited about bringing more of my recordings into the vinyl format as more and more people discover its wonderful sonic strengths. This is an experience which has been largely lost over the past 15 years or so of this digital experiment we’ve been living. We have had a number of people share with us just how much they appreciate the sound of the vinyl as well as the pleasure of being able to hold the jacket in their hands and study the artwork, lyrics sleeve notes and credits”.
The previous titles released on limited edition audiophile vinyl pressings have been: