Lorelei Loveridge

Lorelei Loveridge

 Manchester, England, GBR
BandFolkPop

Canadian artist Lorelei Loveridge lived for 11 years in Saudi Arabia, pre and post 9/11, and loved it. She experienced religious zealots, compound invasions, a terrorist chase, earthquake, tsunami, war in Lebanon, crazy drivers, nutty expats and more and survived to tell the tales in story and song.

Biography

LORELEI LOVERIDGE AND THE ‘MULTI-CULTURAL TOUR-DE-FORCE’ BAKHOOR

Canadian artist Lorelei Loveridge lived for 11 years in Saudi Arabia, pre and post 9/11, and loved it. She experienced religious zealots, compound invasions, a terrorist chase, earthquake, tsunami, war in Lebanon, crazy drivers, nutty expats and more, and survived to tell the tales in story and song.

Her physical, personal, and musical journey is documented in Bakhoor, a 4-year, 15-song album project recorded in India, Canada and Saudi Arabia. It features some of the finest players from across the globe including Brian Hughes (producer of Loreena McKennitt), Harry Manx and Lester Quitzau.

A contemporary acoustic songwriter who draws comparisons with Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell, Loveridge pairs a passionate political sense with an understanding of the complex personal stories that go beyond politics. Loveridge and Canadian producer Rob Hewes have woven the sounds of tabla, oud, darbuka, Tibetan overtone chants, violin, bazouki, Latin/African/slide blues guitar into a richly-textured, multicultural tour-de-force.

“Home is Where the Heart Is”—a song about the pain of a mother and her Palestinian daughter—is the first single off of the album, and the late U.S. songwriter and 35-time Grammy award-winning guitar legend Dick Wagner said this of Loveridge and Bakhoor: “Her vocals are hauntingly emotive, her songs are beautifully structured folk/pop creations and her musicians are world-class interpreters of her musical vision…The brilliant ‘Oh, India’ sets the tone and atmosphere for this musical journey…a journey you won’t forget. I personally love Lorelei’s music and recommend it to all seekers of sophisticated yet accessible music.”

SHORT BIO

Lorelei Loveridge is a published songwriter, recording artist, performer, world-traveller, teacher, activist, arts manager, coach, consultant, writer, photographer, director of theatre, marketer, and jill-of-all-trades in the wonderful world of independent music making. She originally hails from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and is now based in Saudi Arabia after 11 years in Saudi, 2 in Qatar and 6 in the UK. Loveridge founded Performing Songwriters United Worldwide (PSUW) with a membership of 3,000. Orderly Bazaar Records & Publishing is the artist's globally mobile boutique label and multi-media publishing company, specialized in ‘roots, rock, ethnic, jazz, fusion and other travel-related shenanigans’.

QUOTES AND REVIEWS

"Lovely voice...be very proud of where you have taken your music." - David Kershenbaum (Producer, Tracy Chapman), USA

"Astounding talent." - Julian Lewry, Julian Lewry Music, UK

"The album is brilliant." - Dave Ward, CKUA Radio "The Afternoon Edition", Canada

"Wonderful, new Middle Eastern influenced album. A wonderful outing." - Grant Stovel, CKUA Radio "Alberta Disc-overies", Canada

"It's serious stuff." - Mike Sadava, Penguin Eggs Magazine, Canada's Folk, Roots, and World Music Magazine

"A wonderful recording and project throughout. I really appreciate the commitment, attention to detail, production quality, songwriting skill and performances by everyone involved." - Holger Peterson, President, Stony Plain Records, Canada's Roots, Rock, Country, Folk, & Blues Label

"Like the fragrance of foreign lands, the most memorable quality of the album might be the intangible social insights that seep out from between the lines of Loveridge's songs, on top of the potent images and stories she has woven into this entertaining travelogue...Despite the entrancing music, the greatest strengths of Bakhoor might be in the storytelling. Loveridge was in a unique position to observe the overlap of eastern and western cultures, clashing religious beliefs, rich and poor, terrorism and war, and documents the humanity with an acute vision." - Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal, Canada

"A 15-track opus. Wow, this gal gets around!" - SEE Magazine, Edmonton, Canada

"Beautiful. Fantastic CD. So listenable, there's so much in it. The front cover is fantastic: 36 small pictures. Every time I look at the CD, I'm seeing something different. They're telling me a story. Oh, India is my favorite. I'm just so envious of the life she's led. " - Ali O'Brien, 'Ali O'Brien's Sounds of Folk', Oldham Community Radio, UK

"Lorelei Loveridge's gig at the Blue Chair was phenomenal! She is one of the best storytellers around. Beautiful voice, her song writing is spectacular and the patter between songs both heartfelt and enlightening. In all, just a mesmerizing performance!" - Sarah Pocklington, Asani, Award winning Aboriginal women's vocal trio, Canada

"Finally Lorelei Loveridge, our visitor from Canada, entertained us royally with some from her latest album of which I Need To Go and Home Is Where The Heart Is...were outstanding." - Don and Heather Davies, Sale Folk Club News, UK

Lyrics

Oh, India

Written By: Lorelei Loveridge

Oh, India is looking good
Oh, India's calling my name
India is where I go when
Things get irreconcilable
I want what I can't have
Need but ask, "What is need?"
Open this heart
To receive—yeah!

A little hunger, a little pain
A little deprivation, so that I may gain
In my meditation on the things I have
A little appreciation for the good while the bad
It can be some kind of free fall
It can be some kind of letting go
It can be something like surrender
It can be something tender—I don't know

Ohhhhhh
Oh, India
Oh, India
Oh, India

Oh, India, have you the time?
Oh, India, do you mind if I
Come on over
To find myself again, realign?
‘Cause I want what I can't have
Need but ask, "What is need?"
Open this heart
To receive—yeah!

A little faith in this illusion
A little love where there's confusion
A little peace, satisfaction
Please, give me a fraction

Oh, India is looking good
Oh, India's calling my name
India is where I go when
Things get irreconcilable
I want what I can't have
Need but ask, "What is need?"
Open this heart
To receive—yeah!

A little well in my cup
Holy water to fill me up
A little
Just a little
A little

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Written By: Lorelei Loveridge

Yasmin, Yasmin, where's your man
Is he locked in a jail in Jerusalem
A stone's throw away from hope
Tell me, Yasmin, will you go

Home is where the heart is
But your mother is calling you
Home for a day of rest
What good will martyrdom do
What good will martyrdom do

Yasmin, Yasmin, what will he get
Freedom or ten years instead
And if he goes away for long
Pray, tell who will keep you both strong

Home is where the heart is
But your mother is calling you
Home for a day of rest
What good will martyrdom do
What good will martyrdom do

'You can ink your feet with blood in the street
Fall with the walls when the bombs come down
You can say you were there when the world didn't care
But when it's all said and done, will the war be won
Without words of reason, without someone to teach them
That home is where the heart is and we all need one

Yasmin, Yasmin, there's your man
Locked in a jail in Jerusalem
A stone's throw away from hope
Tell me, Yasmin, will you go now

Home is where the heart is
But your mother is calling you
Home for a day of rest
What good will martyrdom do
What good will martyrdom do
Home is where the heart is
Home is where the heart is

Not Like Us

Written By: Lorelei Loveridge

Raze down those olive trees
Bulldoze those houses, please
Build the wall and damn them all
Raze down those olive trees

Fire on the boys with stones
Send all those bullets home
Lie to the world and deny you killed a schoolgirl
Fire on the boys with stones

Point the finger now
Suicide bombers wreak a living hell
Lock the jails up tight
Breed the next generation’s will to fight

Re-draw the borders
Re-create law and order
Speak not with words
But with might

For they’re the enemy—terrorists, terrorists
For they preach hatred—not like us, not like us
For they’re religious zealots—terrorists, terrorists
They’ll never have this land—not like us, not like us

Raze down those olive trees
Bulldoze those houses, please
Build the wall and damn them all
Raze down those olive trees

For they’re the enemy—terrorists, terrorists
For they preach hatred—not like us, not like us
For they’re religious zealots—terrorists, terrorists
They’ll never have this land—not like us, not like us

I Need to Go

Written By: Lorelei Loveridge

I Need to Go

I need horseshoes and petty cash
I need a ride to the next town
I need a whiskey drunken poet's bed
On which to lay my body down
I need a whirling dervish in my head
To keep me on my toes
I need a million miles between me
And everything that I know

I need to go, I need to run
I need to be number one
I need to amend my constitution
I’ve got to find my way

I need a daffodil on my windowsill
And I need a telephone line
I might want to call my friends and family
From time to time
I need asphalt winters for awhile
I need to thaw like ice in the rain
I need to feel you from a distance
Until you want me back again

I need to go, I need to run
I need to be number one
I need to amend my constitution
I’ve got to find my way
I need to be who I am
And hopefully you’ll understand
I need to amend my constitution
I’ve got to find my way

And when minutes become continents
And the hours call my name
I'll be there for you
On the next plane

I need to go, I need to run
I need to be number one
I need to amend my constitution
I’ve got to find my way
I need to be who I am
And hopefully you’ll understand
I need to amend my constitution
I’ve got to find my way
I need to go
I need to go
I need to go
I need to go

You Live

Written By: Lorelei Loveridge

My lips crack in the sun
There are no words, for one
Some you hold, like a breath
Some words, you give them a death
If you are to survive
Then you only confide
With a smile on your face
That no one can trace

You live and you follow
You never speak of tomorrow
You live and you follow
You never speak of tomorrow

The sound of a dream
Never spoken or seen
Is the whisper of a soul
Wiser than those
Who linger in time
And, oh, what a crime
It is to be young
And born with a tongue

When you live and you follow
You never speak of tomorrow
You live and you follow
You never speak of tomorrow

Come the shadows of the night
Come the veil—pull it tight
Come the secrets, one by one
Come the day there are none

'Cause you live and you follow
You never speak of tomorrow
You live and you follow
You never speak of tomorrow

Nepal

Written By: Lorelei Loveridge

Oh, the hotel is full and I am
On the street, it's cold here
Winter fires burn up the curbside
Eyes follow me down

Down the way I find a bed
Dirty, but there I lay my head
While the rickshaw drivers
Pull their blankets around

While the night seizes this town
Songs of the dogs and the fiddlers sound
An ode to the mountain and an ode to the man
An ode to the woman and the child of this land
They call Nepal

Morning breaks and I awake for a
Taste of chai and hot bread
Bells ring and prayer wheels spin
They tell me tales that do my head in

But the travellers come and when they go
The poor can only reap what they've sown
So, I give what I can give
Until it is gone

And while the night seizes this town
Songs of the monks and the fiddlers sound
An ode to the mountain and an ode to the man
An ode to the woman and the child of this land
They call Nepal

Word moves fast through the hills
Two died on the mountain
Spirit seeking a thrill

I'm on a bus, on a gravel road
My knees are wrecked, but my heart is full
After fifty miles of climbing through
The heavens, I know why

While the night seizes this town
Songs of the gods and the fiddlers sound
An ode to the mountain and an ode to the man
An ode to the woman and the child of this land
They call Nepal

Discography

• Bakhoor (2008) - 15 song 'multi-cultural tour-de-force' produced by Rob Hewes and Lorelei Loveridge; recorded in India, Canada and Saudi Arabia over 4 years.
• Endless Contradictions (1995) - 5 song EP produced by Jamie Kidd (kd lang); track 1 'To You' licensed for synchronization by the producers of 'Party of Five' and 'Dawson Creek'.

Set List

Currently performing songs from the 'multi-cultural tour-de-force' Bakhoor with a smattering of other newer and older material plus the odd cover tailored to the needs of each audience.