The Mummers' Dance

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"The Mummers' Dance"
The Mummers' Dance single.jpg
Single by Loreena McKennitt
from the album The Book of Secrets
ReleasedSeptember 1997 (North America)
FormatCD single
GenreCeltic new age
Length6:08 (Album version)
4:01 (Single version)
LabelQuinlan Road
Songwriter(s)Loreena McKennitt
Producer(s)Loreena McKennitt, Brian Hughes, Donald Quan
Loreena McKennitt singles chronology
"The Bonny Swans"
"The Mummers' Dance"
"Marco Polo"

"The Mummers' Dance" is a single written, composed, and performed by Canadian Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt, who released it from the album The Book of Secrets[1] in 1997. The song was a surprise hit in the United States, reaching #3 on the Adult Top 40, #17 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and #18 on The Billboard Hot 100.[2]

The song refers to the seasonal Mummers Play performed by groups of actors, often as house-to-house visits. Its lyrics indicate a springtime holiday.

It is also featured on her albums Live in Paris and Toronto, Nights from the Alhambra, The Olive and the Cedar, and the compilation The Journey So Far – The Best of Loreena McKennitt.

The song was used as the theme for the TV series Legacy. It was also featured in the trailer for the film Ever After, starring Drew Barrymore, and in the soundtrack of the Brazilian telenovela Corpo Dourado. A music video was also produced for the selection.

The song was frequently used on the late-night syndicated radio talk show Coast To Coast AM, when Art Bell hosted the show.

Track listings[edit]

1."The Mummers' Dance" (Single Version)4:00
2."The Mummers' Dance"6:08
3."Marrakesh Night Market" (Live)6:44
4."The Dark Night of the Soul" (Live)6:20
CD Single
1."The Mummers' Dance" (Single Version)4:00
2."The Mummers' Dance" (Album Version)6:08
3."The Mystic's Dream"7:40


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1997–98) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 10
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[5] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 3
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 17
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 23
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents 8
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 14

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1998) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 83

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Discography - Loreena McKennitt". Archived from the original on May 14, 2010. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  2. ^ "Allmusic-Loreena KcKennitt Singles". Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  3. ^ "Loreena McKennitt - The Mummers' Dance". Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3476." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 3486." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28.

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