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Multi-platinum selling musician Loreena McKennitt's unique brand of "eclectic-Celtic" has brought her much international acclaim. She's a two-time Grammy nominee for albums An Ancient Muse and Troubadours on the Rhine and she's taken home Junos for The Mask and Mirror and The Visit. Her early fame came while busking outside the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto during the 1980s. With over three decades in the biz, she's done more than share as a composer, harpist, accordionist, singer and pianist. Loreena, ever the savvy businesswoman, has managed her own career and the Quinlan Road record label she founded since 1985, which boasts sales of over 14 million albums. She's travelled to places including Ireland, Morocco, Turkey, Greece, China, Spain and Mongolia to research the sounds and stories she incorporates in her music, recording in locations such as Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios and the legendary Alhambra Palace. In the red chair, she takes a look back and talks about what's next.