May 30, 2011
Juliet Turner is appearing at Draiocht, Blanchardstown on Sat. 11th June 2011, 8pm.
Prepare to be drawn in and bowled over!
Juliet Turner stumbled into making music. She was given a guitar for her fifteenth birthday and met a poet who told her to start writing her own songs. In 1996 whilst at university in Glasgow, she was offered the chance to record those songs in a little studio called “Heaven” with small independent label “Sticky Music”. The result was “Let’s Hear it for Pizza”. People are still buying the album years later for songs such as “Pizza and Wine”, “Beyond the Backyard” and “Indian Summer”. It is a rough and ready album with some gorgeous lyrics. Innocent yet a little twisted.
Juliet moved to Dublin to finish her degree and to start playing live shows. Word travels swiftly on the Dublin music scene and soon Juliet was opening shows in the city for international artists such as Bob Dylan, Gabrielle, Natalie Merchant, Sting, U2 and Brian Adams and was touring with Joan Armatrading, Brian Kennedy, Ron Sexsmith and Roger McGuinn.
In 2000 Juliet set up her own label “Hear This! Records” with her manager Derek Nally. She released her second album “Burn the Black Suit” on the label and it went double platinum in Ireland. This album, produced by Gerard Kiely, was a little more ambitious – “pop veering into darker territory” as one reviewer put it. It gave the world three catchy pop tunes – “Dr Fell”, “Take the Money and Run” and “Burn the Black Suit”. Also the haunting “Belfast Central” and the duet with Brian Kennedy on “I hope that I don’t fall in love with you”, written by Tom Waits. This album was recently voted one of the top 100 Irish albums of all time by Hot Press Music Magazine Readers. Number 51.
“Season of the Hurricane” was released in Feb 2004 and went platinum in Ireland in June of the same year. This offered the radio hit “Everything Beautiful is Burning” and went to No. 8 in the Irish album charts. It also found itself nestling at no. 5 in the Amazon Internet charts between Norah Jones and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Less immediate than the previous album with smoother production values, Turner’s music became even more difficult to categorise and her subject matter more intriguing. The stand out track on this album is the starkly beautiful “No Good in this Goodbye”.
“There was no love as ordinary as ours. We walked hand in hand through this work day world. And the swiftness of your leaving caught me by surprise. There is no good in this goodbye”.
In Feb 2005 Juliet picked up an Irish Meteor Music Award for best Irish Female Performer, alongside artists such as Paddy Casey, PJ Harvey and Snow Patrol and she also signed a distribution deal with Valley in America. Deciding that the time was right to record some of the live shows, she released “Juliet Turner - Live” in November 2005, recorded over three nights in one of her favourite small Irish venues, the Spirit Store in Dundalk. This set the tone for the gigs to follow over the next couple of years as Juliet began to play all her live shows in small acoustic venues accompanied only by guitarist Brian Grace.
Then with three studio albums, a live album, double platinum sales and a Meteor Music Award under her belt, Juliet decided that a change of scene was needed and in October 2007 returned to Trinity College Dublin to undertake a four year BSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies and has since received her degree.
Alongside the studies, the songwriting and performing continues and Juliet has been recording a new album with producer Keith Lawless. Described by the Irish Times as ‘one of the most intriguing of Irish female song writers arriving several years ago with a guitar and a batch of brittle, poignant songs; her broad accent and even broader outlook; her bitter-sweet tastes all marking her as one to watch’, Turner is still an artist marbled with tiny streaks of maverick.
The new batch of songs are thoughtful and less acerbic than some of her previous writing and the narrative lines running through the album are sympathetic and full of warmth. On stage with long time guitarist Brian Grace, Juliet Turner has a wry charm, a beautiful voice and fine lyrics, making her a compelling live performer. Listen for “Elder of the Tribe” and “Luisa” in particular. The release of new material seems to fall in a four-year cycle and her last album released in 2008, was eagerly anticipated and extremely well received.
Turner's live shows should be experienced. She is a quiet, relaxed performer with a wicked sense of humour. Her voice is unusually clear and sweet and her between song anecdotes are amusing, eccentric and off-the-cuff. With three studio albums, a live album, double platinum sales and a Meteor Music Award under her belt, Juliet Turner decided that a change of scene was needed and in October 2006 returned to Trinity College Dublin to undertake a four year BSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies. Alongside the studies, the songwriting and performing continues and Juliet recorded a fourth studio album with producer Keith Lawless in a warehouse in Dublin.
The last album, “PEOPLE HAVE NAMES” was released in June 2008 and has been garnering rave reviews:
Irish Times four stars. **** JULIET TURNER: People Have Names
“Just as Juliet Turner’s palate for life’s sweet and salty moments has evolved, so her palette of sound has rumbled onwards as well, and her appreciation for life’s minor chords has grown. The title track (left to the end of the album, where it can seep into the subconscious) is a thought provoking meditation on life’s defining qualities: “It’s the work of a life time to love and be loved in return, to love to the end”. Lyrically, Turner’s attention turns to the big and small ticket stories; loneliness (Tuesday Night Ladies), romance (High Hopes) and the contradictions of youth and age (The Elder of the Tribe). Arrangements are spacious and unforced, with suitably tinted brass and strings, and Turner’s wisdom in letting her CD’s percolate for olympian periods is palpable on this gloriously taut collection”.
Belfast Telegraph - JULIET TURNER: People Have Names (Hear This) 4 Stars ****
You’d be hard pushed to find a flaw in Juliet Turner’s musical armoury. The Omagh-born songstress has usually delivered in both recording studio and stage. She’s a natural at encapsulating a marriage between folk and the singer-songwriter genre. “Season of the Hurricane” from 2004 was an excellent body of work — but since then she’s swapped the studio for the lecture hall and gone back to Trinity College Dublin to do a four-year degree in speech and language therapy. Fast forward to 2008 and Turner has just made the album of her life . People Have Names is a quite stunning collection of material — gorgeously presented by simple, sumptuous arrangements that are underpinned by Turner’s delicate vocal chords. The single Trickster is among the many highlights, but the two outstanding tracks are High Hopes and the opener Invisible to the Eye.
Hot Press Music Magazine ****Irish Maverick is Album of the Year Contender.
"Whereas many of her contemporaries have lost momentum, their best work behind them, Juliet Turner’s fourth studio album is an intoxicating example of an adventurous artist moving forward, discovering fresh topics, literate themes and intriguing sounds with which to tease her artistic muse. “Invisible to the Eye” is a striking song with Turner’s voice at its most sublime. The Cohenish “High Hopes” looks at the vicissitudes of love, “Elder of the Tribe” focuses on contrasting generational differences, while the unsettling, country-tinged “Tuesday Night Ladies” - boasting a particularly exquisite vocal from Turner - is a graphic depiction of modern lives lived with no direction home. Despite the slow tempo, “Joy” is uplifting and brash, with a self-confident sweet swagger, but “Trickster” is the real gem, a deceptively catchy tune with the refrain “What do you mean you don’t like shopping? What do you mean you don’t watch TV?”. Keith Lawless’s production, drizzled with warm strings and splashes of accordion and brass, brings a seductive and uncluttered feel to a bunch of songs that Turner seems to have been tenderly nurturing for a while. “People Have Names” is about as faultless as it gets and is a serious contender for album of the year."
Sunday Life - JULIET TURNER: People Have Names
"Turner has quietly evolved into one of our best singer/songwriters, and this fourth album, with a rich production and an increasingly sophisticated musical palette, may just be her best yet. Its songs are personal snapshots that reflect on the hard, bitter truths of life and are suffused with an air of sadness and regret that chime perfectly with the melancholy edge to Turner’s voice.”
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September 22, 2010
DUBLIN CITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA - FOR ONE NIGHT IN DRAIOCHT!
Thu 30 Sep 2010 8PM / Main Auditorium // Tickets: €18 / €14 conc
To win 2 tickets just go here: http://www.draiocht.ie/events/competitions/
Deadline 26 September, 6pm. Winner will be emailed on Monday morning!
There is nothing to beat the rhythmic drive and sheer power of a jazz big band. The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra brings this quality to its concerts with superb ensemble playing and its outstanding soloists from all four sections, reeds, trombones, trumpets and rhythm. All of the members of this 17 piece jazz orchestra are well known members of the Irish jazz scene and they bring to this orchestra all their well honed skills as they perform arrangements from the great International writers and Irish composers.
Ciaran Wilde and Mark Adams founded the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and it began as a big band in 2007 to enable students at the Ballymun Wind Project to see and hear what a big band would look like as an encouragement to them in their studies.
After a performance in the IMC tent at the Electric Picnic in 2008 the band had two residencies since then in the Button Factory in Dublin’s Temple Bar in the Summer and Autumn of 2009. It began another residency in the Button Factory in February which has continued throughout the year.
This year the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra has appeared twice on the Late Late Show on RTE with the singers Mary Coughlan and Jerry Fish.
The members of this orchestra have played with many great jazz musicians from America and Europe such as:
Bobby Wellins, Tina May, James Williams, Georgie Fame, Guy Barker, Scott Hamilton, Jon Faddis, Brad Mehldau, Louis Stewart, Bobby Watson, Alan Barnes, Stacey Kent, Christine Tobin, Harry Allen, Roy Williams, Spike Robinson, Joe Temperley, George Masso, John Wadham, Mike Nielsen, Greg Osby, Claire Martin, John Taylor, Mihály Borbély, Julian Arguelles, Rick Peckham, Steve Arguelles, Florian Ross, Gilad Atzmon, Sean Carpio, Furio di Castri, Francesco Turrisi, Justin Carroll, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Sid Lawrence Orchestra, 'Back to Basie' Big Band and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain,
The members have also performed with other artists such as:
Van Morrison, Ronnie Drew, Shane McGowan, Dana, Johnny Logan, Amy Winehouse, Emer Mayock, Cora Venus Lunny, Sharon Shannon, The Commitments Band, The Waterboys, RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Irish Film Orchestra, Wexford Opera, Cyprus State Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The band members are:
Alex Mathias(tenor sax), Derek O’Connor(tenor sax),CiaranWilde(alto sax), Nick Roth(alto sax), Robert Geraghty(baritone sax).
Jim Clarke(trombone), Karl Ronan(trombone), Barry McBrien(trombone), Paul Frost(bass trombone & vocals)
Danny Healy(trumpet), Ray Martin(trumpet), Eamon Nolan(trumpet, Mark Adams(trumpet & vocals).
Phil Ware(piano), Hugh Buckley(guitar),
Cormac O’Brien(double bass), Shane O’Donovan(drums).
May 31, 2010
We love getting last minute amazing acts for you, especially first timers to Draiocht!
It was the short-lived but warmly remembered 'Fairground Attraction' that brought Eddi Reader into the limelight and to the attention of a much wider audience. The single ‘Perfect’ and parent album ‘First of a Million Kisses’ both topped the British charts.
Love Is The Way’, is Eddi Reader’s seventh solo album, released in March 2009 on Rough Trade Records. Produced by Eddi herself, it is her best work so far. Recorded in a matter of days with her band in Glasgow, the record has captured the award winning songstress in her finest form. Songs written with her long time writing partner Boo Hewerdine, songs written with her life partner John Douglas (The Trashcan Sinatras) and a song from the magical Irish singer/songwriter Declan O’Rourke as well as a rare Brian Wilson composition, an Eddi/Fleetwood Mac ‘mash up’, and a song from Dublin songwriter Jack Maher.
From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings to joyous life all forms of song. Her taste in co-writers, writers, songs and players is impeccable and anything with her name on it is guaranteed musical treasure. Whilst the perfection of her technique is widely acknowledged, what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her passion and instinct move people in a way reminiscent of those who have influenced her work. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.
Now booking: tel: 8852622 / Tickets: 22 euro / 18 euro conc
March 26, 2010
Just gone on sale now:
National Music Day Friday 16 April: Boogying Babies & Tuneful Toddlers at Draiocht. Tickets just €5 (for 1 adult & 1child) / Ages 6 months - 4 years ... http://www.draiocht.ie/youth_arts/family_day_national_music_day/
April 14, 2008
Ever evolving, ever watchful of the human condition, Juliet is one of Ireland’s most intriguing female song writers.
"I’m very inspired by quiet people who live their lives beautifully without feeling the need to talk about it much."
Juliet appears in Draíocht on Friday 16th May 2008 at 8pm. She chatted with Nicola Murphy by email ahead of the gig, on 14 April 2008.
With three studio albums, a live album, double platinum sales and a Meteor Music Award under her belt, Juliet Turner needed a change of scene in 2007 so in October she returned to Trinity College Dublin to undertake a four year BSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies. Song-writing and performing continue alongside and Juliet has been recording a new album with producer Keith Lawless in a Dublin warehouse over the last few months. Ever evolving, ever watchful of the human condition, Juliet is one of Ireland’s most intriguing female song writers. She now returns to the stage with a new batch of songs to accompany her classic material. The new material is thoughtful and less acerbic than some of her previous writing and the narrative lines running through the album are sympathetic and full of warmth.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself, your background, where you’re from and where you live?
I was born in Co. Tyrone, moved to Dublin to study, began to write and play music while at college, and am currently living in Dublin.
Q: What or who inspired you to become a musician?
My friends at college. I happened to fall in with a group of people who loved music, were always playing guitars and writing and performing. It was a very vibrant and fun scene to be part of.
Q: How old where you when you started playing?
Q: Why did you choose your particular instrument to learn?
My dad had played guitar and my parents bought me one for my fifteenth birthday.
Q: Are you a full time musician or have you other jobs to supplement your income?
I’m a full-time clinical speech and language studies student again so the gigging supplements the studying.
Q: If you weren’t a musician, what would you like to be?
A speech and language therapist. Or a waitress is a sleepy little café somewhere in Tuscany.
Q: What is the hardest thing about being a musician?
Being away from home so much of the time.
Q: What type of music do you enjoy playing the most?
Folk and anything with harmonies.
Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?
I love John Spillane’s song, “Everything’s turning to gold”. And pretty much everything by Sigur Ros.
Q: Are there any famous musicians that you would really like to work with?
Emmy-Lou Harris or Patty Griffin.
Q: What is a typical day at work like for you?
Nine o’clock lectures start in the morning, usually nine to five. Clinics some days. Gigging at weekends. Studio on a Monday night.
Q: What's the most unusual place you've ever played a concert or made a recording?
I’ve played on a little crusing boat going round the Shannon, which was fun.
Q: Have you ever tried other art forms like drawing, painting, sculpting or dancing for instance?
I’m a very expressive dancer but I’m the only one who gets to see that!
Q: What other musicians or people have influenced or inspired you, and in what ways?
I’m very inspired by quiet people who live their lives beautifully without feeling the need to talk about it much.
Q: How do you keep motivated if you’re having a bad day?
Having a big moaning session with the rest of my class usually helps. Or getting back into bed and not getting up again that day.
Q: How have you handled the business side of being a musician, promoting yourself and getting exposure, selling your gigs to promoters etc?
I have a good manager and some good promoters who work with me. I hate the hard sell though, hate the way everything boils down to slimy money lying at the bottom of the pot.
Q: Do you have any advice you could give to a musician just starting out?
Be prepared to work exceptionally hard and develop a very thick skin.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I have stopped thinking about the future. It’s a time that doesn’t exist.
Q: What are your interests and hobbies in your spare time?
I love mountain bike riding on proper trails and I read a lot.
Q: Could you tell us a little more about your forthcoming performance in Draíocht?
Its an acoustic performance, my guitar player and myself, mostly songs from the new album “People have Names” and some old favourites too.
Q: Do you have any performances coming up after this one in Draíocht ?
Yes, quite a lot to tour the new album. All gigs are listed on my website, www.julietturner.com and www.myspace.com/burntheblacksuit
Further info about Juliet Turner can be found on her website:
Tickets to Juliet's gig in Draíocht are €20 / €18 conc.
For media information please contact:
Nicola Murphy, Marketing Press & PR Manager, Draíocht Tel: 01-8098021.