Bio

Singer/Songwriter Lorne Warr

Born in Lewisporte, Newfoundland, singer/songwriter Lorne Warr grew up surrounded by Newfoundland music and folklore--listening to his Granny's button accordion and his father's stories of ghost ships and pirates.  It was from this backdrop that he was propelled down the two great paths of his life-- music and storytelling. 
Canada Place, Vancouver
After moving to St. John's to attend Memorial University he continued to pursue his two sometimes divergent paths.   As a musician he  explored many musical genres--  from rock to solo classical guitar, to folk to  painfully esoteric jazz.  But most of his time was taken up with writing. He began writing for stage and radio and had one radio script "The Plot" nominated for an ACTRA award, and another "The Lark Ascending"  won a Gabriel.

Still restless for adventure, he moved to Vancouver BC and formed the Celtic quartet "The Streels".  They released an album "A Night on the Marge";  and for several year toured extensively around Western Canada playing everything from festivals to rowdy pubs to luxury resorts; and opening for bands like Doug and the Slugs,  and Trooper.

Then about 3 years ago, feeling he had drifted to far from his other great passion-- storytelling--he decided to write and record a solo album. The songs would be mostly personal stories: an almost forgotten family story about his Grandfather leaving Twillingate to work on New York skyscrapers.  A song about what it felt like to be on the road and miss the person he loved-- and what it felt like to finally be going home. And a song about that precious time late a night  when he stood and watched his 6 month old daughter asleep in her crib.   The result of 3 years hard work was  "Halfway up the Stairs"-- and the two divergent paths were finally brought together.

The response to the work has made the whole journey worth while. Not only has the album been greeted with enthusiasm by his audience but it also received a nomination for an ECMA in the Roots Traditional Solo Album of the Year category. Lorne was proud to represent Newfoundland in PEI in April both as a nominee and showcasing on Music NL's stage amongst some serious talent from the Rock. Since that time Lorne and his family moved back to Newfoundland and now calls Trepassey home. This past summer he had the privilege of touring with Jamie Snider from the Wonder Grand Band as he aimed to make further in roads here in Newfoundland. Lorne is now busily writing songs for his next album and planning for next summers touring.