Lorraine Jordan is a much loved singer, songwriter and musician, whose music is full of heart and soul. Her songwriting captures the spirit of her Irish ancestry and love of traditional ballads and combines this with her unique contemporary musical style, drawing the listener in to the essence of each song with her soulful voice and captivating performance.
Lorraine has released 5 albums to much critical acclaim (see review page) and tours both solo and with her band/duo/trio . She has appeared alongside many great performers including Labi Siffre, Richard Thompson, The Waterboys and The Chieftains on their 50th birthday celebrations at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Born in Wales to Irish parents, Loraine's heritage is a musical one. Her father, Tom Jordan (Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon) played the flute from a young age and won countless medals (including the All Ireland) before it was even feesible to imagine making money from playing music. He stopped playing the flute completely after the tragic loss of his first born child while they were living in Dublin, though many many years later he would join in with Lorraine's band members around the dining room table and treat them to some great whistle playing and memories of people he had played with back in the day, including the legendary uilleann piper Leo Rowsome. Tom and Lorraine's mother, Margaret (nee Golding of Shrule, County Mayo), eventually left Ireland with Lorraine's older siblings and settled in Wales. His brother, Frank Jordan (Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon), a much loved and highly respected flute player, kept the tradition going until well near his death in 2022. Their mother, Lorraine's grandmother, played the concertina, while flute players and singers go back through the generations on this side of the family.
Lorraine started singing and playing the guitar from a very young age. She was inspired by the singing of her elder sister, Philomena, now a wellness coach and sound healer, who would never appear home without her guitar case and would strike up a sing-song in a heartbeat, filling the house with her beautiful voice and vibrant renditions of Joni Mitchel and Carly Simon songs, to name but a few. Lorraine learnt many of her favourite traditional ballads from Phil who gleamed some of them from the singing of their grandfather back in Roscommon and sang in the local folk clubs and singing sessions in Ireland and on the London-Irish music scene. Lorraine's first folk club experience was on her 9th birthday when she and her twin sister, Jan, were treated to a night at the folk club and joined Phil on stage to sing the family favourite, the Curragh of kildare of Kildare, which they'd been rehearsing most of the day!
Lorraine has toured extensively in Germany, Italy, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the occasional gig in the USA. Musicians who have toured as part of Lorraine's band have included multi-instrumentalist Gill Hunter (Martin Furey, Dougie McLean ) piano and accordion, Steve Fletcher(Paul Brady) piano, Tony McManus(guitarist), 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)
She has played a multitude of Festivals including The National Festival (Australia), Edinburgh International Fringe Festival (Scotland); Sidmouth International Folk Festival (England); Edinburgh Folk Festival; Glasgow Folk Festival; The Shetland Festival; The Hebridean Festival; Folkest (Italy); Festinal (Italy) ; Hallein (Austria); Gutenbrunn (Austria); Festival Celtique (Chambery/France); Jersey Folk Festival (UK); Pontardawe Folk Festival (Wales) and many others.
One of the most memorable of these festivals and the one that has had the deepest impact on Lorraine was the “Jacobs Ladder Festival” in Israel, a very lovely and friendly festival which back then took place on the the Eastern side of Lake Kinneret (The Sea of Galillee). Lorraine and her band members (Kate Bevan-Baker - cello - and Johnny Cradden - guitar) got to stay and play at the renowned Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, which translates as an Oasis of Peace (https://www.oasisofpeace.org.uk/) and is home to a unique intentional community of Jewish and Palestinian-Arab Israeli citizens who support the Educational Institutions of NSWaS - a living example of equality and peaceful coexistence between Israeli Jews and Palestinian-Arabs; education for peace and shared citizenship. Please check the link out for more information about how you can support the work of this incredible community.
“She just has that knack of writing a wonderous lyric and also has the ability to convey the songs meaning to the listener in such a way as to tease your every emotion.” - Maverick (UK)
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 which was to become her home for many years. While living in Edinburgh she met and toured with Malin Head (a Scots/Irish trad band) and introduced a few of her songs to the band as well as playing guitar and accompanying tunes on her mandola/bouzouki.
It was during a Malin Head tour of Norway and Sweden that Lorraine met and formed a musical friendship with musicians Niall O'Callanain (bouzouki) and John Whelan (guitar) who encouraged her to record her songs. With their support (and a Prince's Trust loan) she developed an albums worth of songs and went over to Dublin to record her debut album Inspiration which she released on her independant artist label. She became a solo artist, driving up and down the country playing in folk clubs and festivals in Scotland, England and North Wales.
She then signed to a Scottish label (KRL/Klub records) and released her second album, Crazy Guessing Games. The album was recorded in CaVa Studios, Glasgow. After a lengthy process Lorraine managed to free herself from her contract and, following a number of gigs, festivals and tours throughout Scotland and Europe, this time with her own band, she wrote the songs for her third album, This Big Feeling. Lorraine recorded the album in Dundalk, Ireland, with Niall O'Callanain (bouzouki), band members Kate Bevan-Baker (cello) and Pete Garnet (accordion) and guest musicians Jimmy Faulkner (legendary guitarist) and Mario M'goma (dgembe, percussion); while Scottish singer Christine Kydd graced the album with her voice on a couple of tracks. Lorraine released This Big Feeling on her own label.
In 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.
In between the Planet Woman tours Lorraine spent most of her time in the US while still travelling back to Scotland to work both solo and with fellow muscian Gill Hunter (piano/accordion). Lorraine eventually decided to leave Scotland and move to London, continuing to tour and write songs for her following albums: “A Light Over There” and “Send My Soul” , both co-produced by her long-time partner Debbie Dickinson.
Please see the individual track info links in the CD store which list all the wonderful musicians who have graced these albums.
While in London, Lorraine and Debbie both supported the Human Rights Organisation RAW (Reach All Women In War); Debbie stage managing and organising several high profile events including the 2013 award ceremony presented to Malala Yousafzai at London's Festival Hall ( click here to view the highlights of this event on their YouTube channel), while Lorraine supported them by writing and performing the song she wrote to commemorate Anna Politkovskaya (Anna's Song) and to honour the incredibly brave recipients of the award in Anna's name.
Lorraine also supported Pick With Austin, a non-profit based in the US and operating in the memory of teen musician Alan Carter Villaruz-Curley. The organisation brings awareness of youth and teen depression and suicide and runs programs for teens, parents and educators. They pass on Alan's “gift of music” to teens who have been identified as at-risk of depression by gifting guitars and other musical instruments to help them find their way forward. Lorraine's song The Cavalry (from “This Big Feeling”) features on their first compilation CD which was made to bring awareness to and help fund the highly relevant work that Pick With Austin does - all through the dedication of volunteers. The album can be purchased through their store.
Produced by Lorraine Jordan and Derek Turner. Mixed by Niall O’Callanain and Derek Turner. Recorded in Tumbleweed Studios, Dundalk, Ireland.
All songs written and arranged by Lorraine Jordan © (except 5 &12 - traditional)
Booklet and song lyrics included with physical CD only
Cultural Collaboration: From Celtic Roots to Oceanic Soul
From 2002 - 2006 Lorraine toured Australia 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
Cultural Collaboration: From Celtic Roots to Oceanic Soul
From 2002 - 2006 Lorraine toured Australia 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.