The immediate descendant of Reggio Emilian emigrants, Lorèins collects melodies and lyrics from family and friends reflective of the reality of the uprooted and resettled. Growing up in the Hilltop Community of Columbus, Ohio, he learned how to sing in Latin before I could read in English.
A musician and performing artist, Lorèins has performed on theater and concert stages in the Midwest and Southeast, as well as along the nation’s borders and coasts. Ensemble performance has included: Streetroot Ensemble (1972-1975) with Kath Narcross Burgess and David "Stone" Orser, with additional assistance from Lori Michaels, Jimmy Paul, Billy Strickland and Paul Williams; Scioto Valley String Band (1976-1979) with Bill Desmond, Mike Eberle and Mike Sisson, as well as Barry Chern, Richard Kolb, Bob Loechler and Chas Williams; The Turkeys in the Straw (1974-present): performing at dances, community fund-raisers, private parties or busking on the street, the last gobble for a waddlin' wall of wood, steel, tin and skin-sound in Central Ohio, USA.; Durham Rangers (1980-1988 & 1998-2008) under the leadership of Mike Fishback, since 1976 the most punctual string band in the southeast; and The Jazztones (2003-2007): under the leadership of Alice Clark and Bob Brower.
A co-founder in 2000 of the roots, rhythm and world ensemble Mebanesville--along with Peggy Boswell, Sherry Lea, Nettie Lassiter, Sarah Rubin and Jamey TIppens--he has had the great privilege and good fortune to have performed with some of the most respected interpreters of social and narrative song, including Guy and Candy Carawan, Barbara Dane, Mimi Fariña, Ronnie Gilbert, Beverly Grant, Si Kahn, Michela Musolino, Holly Near, Bruce Phillips and Baldemar Velasquez. He has also performed with some of the Southeast's most renowned traditional musicians, including Lonny Austin, Marvin Gaster, Tommy Jarrell, Lauchlin Shaw, Paul Taylor and Joe Thompson.