Juliet 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. 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, while at university in Glasgow, she was offered the chance to record her 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.
Juliet moved to Dublin to finish her Arts Degree and started to play live shows. Word travelled swiftly on the Dublin music scene and soon Juliet was opening shows in Dublin for international artists such as Bob Dylan, Natalie Merchant, Sting, U2, Art Garfunkel and Bryan Adams.
She also toured with Brian Kennedy, Joan Armatrading, Ron Sexsmith and Roger McGuinn
In September 1988, Juliet performed Julie Miller’s song Broken Things at the memorial service held to remember the people who lost their lives in the Omagh bomb. She refused to release the song as a single, but recorded a version for the album Across The Bridge Of Hope to help raise funds for the victims. The song was also used under the end credits of the film Omagh
In 2000, Juliet set up her own record 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 was a little more ambitious, and 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 Tom Waits song I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You on which Brian Kennedy sang duet
Season Of The Hurricane was released in February 2004 and went platinum in Ireland. This included the radio hit Everything Beautiful Is Burning The album went to No 8 in the Irish album chart and No 5 in the Amazon internet charts. 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 February 2005, Juliet won the Irish Meteor Music Award for Best Irish Female Performer, alongside artists such as PJ Harvey and Snow Patrol. Deciding that the time was right to record some of her live shows, she released Juliet Turner Live in November 2005, which had been recorded over three nights in one of her favourite small venues, The Spirit Store in Dundalk.
This set the tone for her shows for 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 love album, double platinum sales and a Meteor Music Award under her belt, Juliet decided that a change of scene was needed and in October 2006, she returned to Trinity College Dublin to undertake a four year BSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies
Alongside her studies, her song-writing and performing continued and Juliet recorded here fifth album, People Have Names. Described by The Irish Times as one of the most intriguing of Irish female songwriters, arriving several years ago with a guitar and a batch of brittle songs; her broad accent and even broader outlook; her bitter sweet tastes all marking her as one to watch, this new album showed an exploratory and unsentimental side to Turner’s song writing.
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. Listen for Elder Of The Tribe, High Hopes, and The Girl With The Smile in particular. It was her most critically acclaimed album to date.
On stage, Juliet Turner has a wry charm, a beautiful voice and fine lyrics, making her a compelling and witty live performer. BRIAN KENNEDY
With Special Guest
The Waterfront Belfast
Thursday 17th June 2010
Tickets from £27.50 available at The Waterfront Box Office & Ticketmaster
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