Lorelei Loveridge | Bakhoor

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Bakhoor

by Lorelei Loveridge

A world traveller's complex personal stories that go beyond politics - woven with the sounds of tabla, oud, darbuka, Tibetan overtone chants, violin, bazouki, and Latin/African guitar into a richly-textured, multicultural tour-de-force.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Oh, India
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2. Home Is Where the Heart Is
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3. Not Like Us
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4. I Need to Go
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5. 30 Seconds to Save Your Life
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6. Liberty Is a Bus
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7. Nepal
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8. Imshee Ma'aia (Walk With Me)
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9. You Live
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10. Is It Deep Enough
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11. What You've Seen
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12. Some of Us
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13. Funky, Funky Fingertips
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14. You're the One
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15. We Party On
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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.

While “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, U.S. songwriter and guitar legend Dick Wagner says 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 Manchester, England after eleven years in Saudi Arabia. Orderly Bazaar Records & Publishing is an artist-owned boutique label 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, Freelance music reviewer for the Edmonton Journal and 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

"Wow!! I’m sincerely enjoying these songs and can’t believe how well she tells a story in the lyrics. It’s clear she’s actually spent time in some of these places. Lived it. Not just travelled through in a 5-star." - Daniel Thompson, MyExpatRadio.com, Dubai, UAE

"A female version of Paul Simon insomuch as experimentation, openness and confidence in her music as well as musical ability. I think she'll go far!" – Ursula, 'The EXR Unsigned Show', 96.9 FM The Real Voice of Manchester, UK

"Don't miss her world; don't miss her." - Debbie Busby, Folk Northwest, UK

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(Includes a 24-page, full-color booklet of lyrics and liner notes that read like a well-worn travel journal full of stories, photos, and memories.)


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Gary A Steffen

Bakhoor
I have followed Lorelei's growth as an artist since our days together in Saudi Arabia. This is a break-through album. It is very emotional to listen to, at least it was for me as I know the background for a good few of the songs. Her writing and musicianship has grown. This is a mature work in which much is said, and I look forward to hearing more from her as I believe the rest of the world will too.

Rosie Smith


This album is not just a collection of songs, it’s a journey around the world, from Cuba to Canada, from India to Israel, from Nepal to Saudi Arabia...the kind of journey not made by tourbuses and sightseeing but through the chance meeting of hearts - everyday people, and their stories, painstakingly and beautifully told in each song – a rich tapestry of diversity that is sure to resonate with anyone. This coupled with beautiful production and presentation means you’ll not be disappointed with this album. For those who love music and for those who are simply in love with the world and all its everyday glory...enjoy!

Marsha Wright

Bakhoor
What a hauntingly beautiful collection; sharing the world, heart-to-heart, soul-to-soul. Lorelei is a masterful wordsmith. Her lyrics tumbling off her tongue as if spirit moves through her with grace and inspiration. The musicianship throughout is superb. Listen to it loud and let the grace move your wandering spirit.

Julie Nicolay

A wonderful world journey!
I'm going to keep this simple and to the point: this is an incredibly well-done gift to us from Lorelei Loveridge. Not only is she an excellent songwriter and musician, her voice full, rich and evocative, but her supporting musicians are top-notch and the production is truly sublime. The music varies as did her journey through other lands that inspired these songs. Such visual imagery here, such sensory beauty...a truly gorgeous collection of songs as well as aurally interesting, with layer upon layer of color and variety of sound that piques your interest again and again. Listen. Then listen again and choose this CD; you will be very glad that you did! Timeless messages and music...a gift for everyone.