Loreena Mckennitt, 13 June 2009

Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre

Loreena McKennitt, legendary singer of Celtic music, was again in Istanbul after a long wait and met with her fans as part of her world tour. The concert, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts in cooperation with Pasion Turca was held on Saturday evening, June 13 at the Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre. The concert was attended by around 5,000 music lovers and was highly praised.

Canadian singer/composer Loreena McKennitt, who has sold around 15 million albums in 20 years with her eclectic Celtic music style, has won gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales awards in fifteen countries across four continents and is among the best selling artists not only in North and South America, but also in Europe and Australia. Described as a "musical travel writer," Loreena McKennitt also gave her first TRNC concert as part of her tour following her visit to our country which she had last visited 13 years ago as part of the Istanbul Jazz Festival.

The artist performed songs from her studio album An Ancient Muse, released in 2006 and nominated to Grammys and also performed the song "Sacred Shabbat," which was based on a famous song titled "Kâtibim (Üsküdar'a giderken)," as well as the song "The Gates of Istanbul" which stands out with its use of oud and violin. With these songs, the artist took the audience on a journey into the sounds of Istanbul and Turkish music and delivered a memorable night to music lovers.