Born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in the isolated mining community of Schefferville, Quebec, Clarke had worked at a number of careers before choosing music for his profession. His early jobs include stints as a marine engineer on Great Lakes vessels, a high-rise construction carpenter, a dairy farmer, a Toronto police officer, and a power plant operator at a paper mill. Thus it is perhaps understandable that his songs often reveal his working-class background and ring with authenticity.
For more than 30 years, Canada's Lorne Clarke has been performing at festivals, clubs, house concerts and theatres across Canada and the United States.
A powerful singer and gifted songwriter, he cut his teeth as a performing artist in the busy Toronto folk scene in the early 1970's - branching out into Bluegrass in the mid 1980's. In 1994 Clarke returned to the solo acoustic folk scene with a series of critically acclaimed performances on US Public Radio and TV.
October 1999 marked the release of Lorne Clarke, his eponymously titled debut CD. It is a powerful collection of 14 original songs in a rich acoustic package, featuring an outstanding musical cast and produced by internationally respected producer/engineer, George Graham.
Lorne's second studio CD, Moonlight & Cider, was released in 2007. Recorded and mixed at James Gordon's "Pipe Street Studios" in Guelph, Ontario, it features 15 more original songs.
In December of 2015, Lorne released his third CD, titled, From My Window. (You can read Lorne's complete bio here).