The Lorelei formed in 1990 in a garage in Dyce with Jonny and Beefy being original members along with Martin Watson, the original singer. Over the next 2 years The Lorelei settled on a line up which apart from John S Martin, The Lorelei’s new front man, remains to this day. The Lorelei went on to record two albums HEADSTRONG and PROGRESSION. The Lorelei spent seven years touring from Lerwick to London doing more than 100 gigs a year. Gigs ranged from playing in small bars to a few locals to playing to a huge crowd at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections. They built up a solid fan base across the country, becoming regular features in venues throughout Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. Touring was constant and The Lorelei way of life was based around travelling, playing, drinking and generally having a good time, and this still holds true today. Fans of the Lorelei are loyal, known as the Clangers, and The Lorelei continue sell the first two albums all over the world.
After constant touring and living in a yellow transit van together for too many years, The Lorelei split. Two of the original band members met up again at The Tartan Heart festival in 2005 and reminisced about how much they loved playing music together and after six months of emailing other band members they all met up in January 2006 along with new singer John S Martin who was a close friend of the band and so the seeds were sown for a re-launch. It was clear immediately that it was going to work and in July of 2006 The Lorelei re-launched with a sell out show at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree. Since then The Lorelei have recorded a live DVD, were invited to record a brand new track for the Fat Hippy Sampler Vol 2, had a new track Home used in a Barnardos DVD, and were also invited to submit a track for a cover-mount CD for an issue of Rock n Reel, now called R2. This was all tied together with The Lorelei releasing an EP of new recordings in August 07 entitled HOME and now in 2011 the album FACES will be released showing that The Lorelei show no sign of letting up. The fourteen tracks perfectly showcase their anthemic style of folk rock, The Levellers being an obvious comparison. The album opens with the foot stomping Endescapology, guaranteed a live favourite, this leading into the Pogueish Love Is Blind, again performed live this would be sure to get any crowd up and dancing. On a quieter note the glorious Song For The Boy is an album highlight as is the anthemic Walk Like A Child.
To support the release of FACES, The Lorelei will be touring during the latter half of May 2011 culminating in London at the famed Underworld in Camden. The Lorelei are definitely back, but then, did they ever really go away?
“ The Waterboys after too much marching powder” Time Out“
Truly contemporary, like some mental post-modern hardcore world music pathfinder general, the mix’n’match melody merchants.” The Scotsman”
“The Lorelei have managed to create a new musical genre Total Thrash Speed Folk. It’s a wild and energetic sound with savage guitars mixed with acoustic instrumentation” R2 magazine.
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