“On first hearing, you’d think Lorraine Jordan is all heart and rhythm. Her songs, her playing, her singing are simply infectious. Listen again and her sharp-edged intelligence and clear-eyed perceptions become apparent. There’s structure there, too, but the bones don’t show because we’re so swept up in the emotion. There we are again, back to the heart.”
Marilyn Rea-Beyer, Music Director, WUMB Folk Radio (Boston, USA)
Lorraine Jordan's music has been described as Celtic Soul. She combines the influences of her Irish roots and love of traditional ballads with more contemporary influences to create an intoxicating and thought provoking set of original songs.
Lorraine tours Europe regularly, performing both solo and with her band. She has played alongside many great performers including Labi Siffre, Richard Thompson, The Waterboys and The Chieftains on their 50th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall.
Her tribute song to murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya has become something of an anthem for the "Anna Politkovskaya Award" hosted by Human Rights organisation "Raw In War"
Photo by Debbie Dickinson
Born in Wales to Irish parents, Lorraine was brought up steeped in the Irish tradition. Her family heritage is a musical one - her father was a flute player who won countless medals back in the day (including the All Ireland) and her uncle Frank Jordan is to this day a well repected flute player in Co. Roscommon. Lorraine's grandmother, played the concertina, as did her brothers, and her great-grandfather in turn was a flute player of some renown in county Roscommon. This, along with her other early influences (Cat Stephens, Joan Armatrading, Van Morrison, John Martyn, Annie Lennox etc) is reflected in her powerful and melodic songs.
Lorraine started the early days of her career singing in the folk clubs of South Wales while still at school and playing in her first band, Mooncoin (with multi-instrumental Mike Lease and Uillean piper/flute player Theo Schuurmmans), before moving to Scotland, the place that became her home for many years. While living in Edinburgh she played and toured with Malin Head (a Scots/Irish outfit) before becoming a solo artist with her own band.
Lorraine has played alongside a host of great performers, including Capercaille, The Waterboys, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainright III, Dick Gaughan, Breton legend Alan Stivel among others..
She has toured extensively in Germany, Italy, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Ireland and Scotland, and has a growing audience throughout Australia and the USA.
Along the years Lorraine has played at many festivals throughout the world, including Folkest (Italy); Festinal (Italy); The National Festival (Australia), Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival (Israel); Hallein (Austria); Gutenbrunn (Austria); Festival Celtique (Chambery/France); Sidmouth International Folk Festival (England); Jersey Folk Festival (UK); Pontardawe Folk Festival (Wales); Edinburgh International Fringe Festival (Scotland); The Shetland Festival; Stonehaven Folk Festival; The Hebridean Festival; and many other festivals.
Musicians who have toured in Lorraine's band have included Celtic guitarist Tony McManus, bouzouki player Niall O'Callanain (Deisal), Steafan Hannigan (Sin E), guitarist John Whelan (Mary Coughlan Band), mandolin player Neal Davey (Dalla, Anam), accordioinist Pete Garnet (Moishe's Bagel), cellist Kate Baker, viola player Mairi Campbell (The Cast), drummer Davide Giovannini ( Steve Winwood, Alex Wilson) and multi-instrumentalist Gill Hunter (Martin Furey, Dougie McLean )
Cultural Collaboration: From Celtic Roots to Oceanic Soul
From 2002 - 2006 Lorraine toured Australia, New Zealand and Europe with Planet Woman, a cultural collaboration which brought together five female musicians from both sides of the globe, sharing Celtic and Maori traditions. They recorded an EP in 2004 entitled "From Celtic Roots to Oceanic Soul" and released the album "Reeling In The Pacific" in 2006. From 2007 onwards the collaboration continued in a different format under the name of Pacific Curls.