Saturday, November 23, 2013


BC Highland Games
Olympic Torch Run
After being away for 15 years, Lewisporte native Lorne Warr has recently returned to Newfoundland and now calls Trepassey home. His songwriting draws inspiration from sources as diverse as Newfoundland folklore, life on the road, the birth of a daughter, and his own families'  history of working the high steel in New York.  In his new album Halfway up the Stairs, which was recently nominated for an ECMA and Music Newfoundland award, Lorne celebrates his Newfoundland roots with a traditional folk delivery that retains many of the qualities of the music he loved as a child. With songs that are  heartfelt and subtle, he brings his audience on a journey with him; from the past to the future, from Newfoundland to Paris, from poignancy to hope, from loneliness to joy. Writer and broadcaster Diane Lalonge,  says of his music:  "Lorne's songs, sung in a rich baritone voice, are a cry from the heart that stand against the winds of change that buffet all of us. They are a warm safe shelter from the storm."

The Buzz

Nominated for a 2014 Music NL award in the Folk Roots Category

Showcased at the 2014 Music NL conference in Corner Brook, NL

CBC Newfoundland radio interview with Angela Antle for her Weekend Arts Magazine ~ WAM! Listen to the Interview here! 

East Coast Kitchen Party ~ remains a fundamental feature of Atlantic Canada’s culture. It speaks to our history and our future.Review of Halfway up the Stairs from East Coast Kitchen Party

Folk Oasis, with Val Cormier, CITR, 101.9 FM Vancouver, BC ~ Folk Oasis airs every Wednesday from 8 to 10pm.Join Lorne and Val as they chat about his new album, 'Halfway up the Stairs', amongst other things. Have a listen at your leisure at:  Folk Oasis Lorne Warr Interview 
To hear Lorne's interview go to the 29 minute mark ~ but the whole show is great!

Craig Mills host of  Blues and Roots Radio featured Lorne on his program "The Eastern Passage"  His review of his album "Halfway up the Stairs" ~ "A lovely musical representation of the then and now connecting islands on both edges of the country.  Lorne is well on his way to climbing the rest of the stairs with this album"

Lewisporte Pilot, Artist Feature by Carolyn R. Parsons:
"LEWISPORTE/BOWEN ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Artistic freedom is the theme and the method behind the songwriting of Lewisporte born singer-songwriter Lorne Warr.
His newest offering, Halfway up the Stairs, promises to be a collection of organically grown tunes with just one fiddle set not being written by the Bowen Island, British Columbia resident."
Read the Full Article Here!

Maya Chang, Festival Coordinator, Desert Daze Festival
"His music inspires and the warmth of his voice comes through in every song." 

North by Northwest CBC Radio 
Sheryl MacKay - Host 

"Lorne Warr's vocals on Wild Mountain Thyme are brilliant, always leading listeners to write in to ask who is singing. Plus their musical version of The Cremation of Sam McGee should be declared a Canadian classic."  

Bowen Island Undercurrent ~ Olympic Torch Run Winning Composition Songwriting Contest
"Back to the Island Again" ...Warr's song, with its upbeat tempo, in a style reminiscent of Gordon Lightfoot's finest tunes, ended up being the unanimous decision." Murray Atherton, Spirit of BC, Chair Person.

Diane Lalonge, Poet, Author, and Broadcaster, Vancouver, BC
"Lorne Warr, born and raised in Lewisporte Newfoundland, is rapidly evolving into a tour de force on the Canadian folk scene.  His grasp of multifaceted folk idioms give his work a colour and texture that defines the fabric of our own common experience and his heartfelt and exquisitely crafted lyrics put his songs on a par with some of the greats of Canadian folk history.  His songs "East Side West Side" and "The Nellie W", have just as much punch and poignancy as anything Stan Rogers ever wrote and "Come Down to Paris" The Edge of the Ocean" could easily compare with fellow Newfoundlander Ron Hynes' unforgettable "Sonny's Dream".  With his Olympic pick for the torch run," Back to the Island Again", there is a faint whisper of a young Gordon Lightfoot but with a totally west coast feel.  You can practically smell the wet cedar while he's singing."  

For full reviews click here:  Reviews

Friday, November 22, 2013