Some might think of an "Unplugged Album" by fairy and globetrotter chanteuse Loreena McKennitt that there wouldn't be too many differences to their normal releases. Finally, she also celebrates the high art of acoustic arrangements with harps, violins and piano on her studio albums. It is therefore good that this recording, recorded during a SWR1 radio concert, bears the reference "a trio performance". Besides the Canadian with her ear for Celtic songs on piano and harp, Brian Hughes on guitar and guitar synthesizer and Caroline Lavelle on cello play. And so McKennitt highlights like "Bonny Portmore", "The Lady Of Shalott" or "The Bonny Swans" sound new in a moving way. Cutting guitar inserts and string sounds from the guitar synth keep the ethereal moment as high as ever. Several top-class versions of immortal traditionals (e.g. "Down By The Sally Gardens", "The Parting Glass") increase the goose bump factor, which is strongest whenever McKennitt's bright voice vibrates in harmony with piano and cello.
Top track: The Bonny Swans