Lorne Clarke


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For more than 30 years, Canada's Lorne Clarke has been performing at festivals, clubs, house concerts and theatres across Canada and the United States. A powerful singer and gifted songwriter, he cut his teeth as a performing artist in the busy Toronto folk scene in the early 1970's - branching out into Bluegrass in the mid 1980's. In 1994 Clarke returned to the solo acoustic folk scene with a series of critically acclaimed performances on US Public Radio and TV.

Raised in the isolated mining community of Schefferville, Quebec, Lorne's music reveals his working-class roots as well as a strong humanist bent. He has worked as a ship's engineer, high-rise construction carpenter, a dairy farmer, a Toronto cop, and a power plant engineer in a paper mill. All of these experiences colour his songs and lend them a down-to-earth perspective. 

October 1999 marked the release of "Lorne Clarke" his eponymously titled debut CD. It is a powerful collection of 14 original songs in a rich acoustic package, featuring an outstanding musical cast and produced by internationally respected producer/engineer, George Graham. This album is available by direct order - just contact us.

In 2003 Lorne teamed with American singer-songwriter Tom Flannery in starting SongaWeek.com, an online home for their music. In well over 4 years they have made available at least one brand new song every week to download. While the site was free, it amassed an astounding 1 million downloads, and spawned legions of copy cats. Since July of 07 Flannery and Clarke have been asking .99 cents for each download, and continue to use the site to make their new songs available. In conjunction with SongaWeek, the pair released a pair of free song cycles in 2004 and 2006. RwandaSongs.com and Hands in the Dark are further proof that they're willing to take their music where others fear to go.

Lorne's new CD, "Moonlight & Cider" is (finally) complete. Recorded and mixed at James Gordon's "Pipe Street Studios" in Guelph, Ontario, the new CD, features 15 new original songs and now available. In addition to working, writing, and touring, Clarke is also involved in one of the top folk music concert series in the USA. The Old Lynn Concerts. This concert series has already brought such acclaimed acts as Jez Lowe, Michael Jerling, James Gordon, and James Keelaghan to the tiny farming village of Lynn, Pennsylvania since its début in September of 2000. Thus far the shows have been a huge success, earning the series a reputation as one of the most hospitable places in the northeast USA for traveling folk artists to perform. 

In conjunction with Tom Flannery, Lorne has written and performed the soundtrack for the award-winning feature film, "Facing Sudan," a documentary about the ongoing genocide in Darfur (who's filmaker was tipped off by finding RwandaSongs.com) The film is currently being shown at festivals around North America. Learn more about the film and soundtrack here.