Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Fairies are Evil: Loreena McKennitt and "Stolen Child"

A poem by Irish poet William Butler Yeats put to song is today's random tune. Stolen Child is performed by Loreena McKennitt, a Canadian known for her soprano voice. She is a composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist who writes and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes. She released her first album in 1985, and since then has gone on to release nine studio albums and five live albums which have sold 14 million copies worldwide. Her songs have also been featured in television and movies. Stolen Child can be found on McKennitt's 1999 album Elemental. The song is about the abduction of human children by faeries, as related in Irish mythology.