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Juliet Turner
Juliet Turner
New Digital Single “The House at the Top of the Hill”
Release Date 09/12/12
Juliet Turner Music (Self-Released) Available on iTunes ~

“The laughter, the talk, as we walk through the night air
that's scented with wood smoke and pine.
The infinite distance of stars that remind us
that all our mistakes are now past”.

New Year's Eve is often the most disappointing party night of the year. On the eve of the millennium, fed up with over-priced alcohol, drunken brawls and hanging about in the rain for a taxi home, the friends and family of singer-songwriter Juliet Turner decided to abandon style and celebrate in comfort in an old cottage on the family farmland. Built in the early eighteen hundreds, the thatched roof was repaired, plumbing was installed, the diaspora was invited and accepted with alacrity. The alcohol was free, as long as people brought their own, and a gargantuan feast was provided in the farmhouse. Then folks climbed the hill to the old thatched cottage where party pieces were dusted down, poetry and prose gushed forth, violins were scraped, trumpets blown and voices raised in wild and dissonant harmonies. A toast at midnight, hand shaking for the single people, kissing for the couples, and by twenty minutes past the hour, everyone had gone home to bed. It was such a success that the gathering has been repeated in the house at the top of the hill every new year's eve since. “The House at the Top of the Hill” is the song behind the story.

“The House at the Top of the Hill” was recorded in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast city centre, in the slow peace that dropped after the primary school children left off kicking their football against the church windows and went home for their tea. Turner's sweet voice and precise, evocative lyrics, Farriers' Stephen Macartney's warm backing vocals and guitar, and Gareth Hughes' mellow double bass have given us a recording that is as live and acoustic as they come. Just the way the fans requested.

“The House at the Top of the Hill” is the first release from Turner's new album, due out in 2013

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Northern Irish singer/songwriter Juliet Turner has some hints of the old standbys in her folk-inflected music: Nick Drake, Carole King, even a bit of Kirsty MacColl in her vocals. However, Turner's blend of melodic and lyrical folk, pop, and electronics also sits nicely next to contemporaries like Beth Orton and Emiliana Torrini.

In 1996 whilst studying in Glasgow, Turner was offered the chance to record a collection of her own songs in a little studio called ‘Heaven' with small independent label ‘Sticky Music'. The result was the album ‘Let's Hear it for Pizza'. Turner proved her ability as a live performer, opening shows for Joan Armatrading in The Royal Albert Hall, Sting in Dublin's Point Depot, Bob Dylan, Sting, Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant, U2, Art Garfunkel and Brian Adams. She also went on to tour with Joan Armatrading, Brian Kennedy, Ron Sexsmith and The Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn. In September 1998 Juliet performed Julie Miller's song “Broken Things” at the memorial service for those killed and injured in the Omagh bombing. The song was later recorded for inclusion on the fundraising album “Across the Bridge of Hope”.

In 2000 Turner released her second album ‘Burn the Black Suit' on the independent "Hear This!" label and it went double platinum in Ireland. This album was voted one of the top 100 Irish albums of all time by Hot Press Music Magazine Readers. Turner continued to gig and build a solid fan base which resulted in being signed to UK based EastWest Records in 2003. ‘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' produced by Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, Martha Wainwright, Ron Sexsmith) 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.

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 later that year, released "Juliet Turner - Live from the Spirit Store" which achieved gold sales status in Ireland.

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 2006 returned to Trinity College Dublin to undertake a four year BSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies, during which time she continued to perform live. In 2008 Turner released her fifth album "People Have Names" with producer Keith Lawless. The new batch of songs were warmly received - "a gloriously taut collection of songs" (The Irish Times), "a sweet and subtle album from an artist nowhere near as well known as she should be" (Q Magazine).

Turner's version of Lee Hazlewood's "Sugar Town" featured in the movie "The Nines" with Ryan Reynolds, her recording of "Broken Things" was used under the end credits of the film "Omagh" and her song "Pick a Story" appeared in the short film "Call Me Son".

Turner is currently working on a new collection of songs due for release in 2013. julietturner
twitter: @PeopleHaveNames

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