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Pierce Turner
 
 
 
 
 
     
   
 

PIERCE TURNER ::: LIVE :::

December. 29th
-The Sugar Club- Dublin
26 Euro including booking fee
Tickets available from the Sugar Club 01 678 7188, www.ticketmaster.ie - Tel. 0818 719 300

The Mini-Album: "Catch A Wave"
Features the song "Fading Away" - Out Now on 50/30 Sounds
More informationon www.pierceturner.com

See the video for "Fading Away", a brilliant parody of "Oh Brother where art Thou" made by John Rokonski - Click Here

Rave reviews in the LA Times, Rolling Stone, NY Times and Chicago Tribune: invited to perform a special evening of duets with Philip Glass: described by the Rough Guide to Irish Music as "a unique visionary"; his music featured in The Wire, and covered by Christy Moore. These are just some of the accolades heaped on New York-based Wexford native, Pierce Turner. And anyone familiar with his work won't be a bit surprised. In a musical landscape littered with so many shiny plastic cut-outs, here is a true flesh-and-blood artist whose music comes from the only place that matters - the soul.

His subjects are the perenniel themes - love, loss, death, interspersed with the foibles of friends and acquaintances - presented through evocative vignettes of his Wexford childhood and life in his adopted city. In Turner's work you will catch snatches of 1960's pop, The Beatles, Bach, sean-nós, Palestrina, and local ballads, but, like any genuine musical explorer, he has traversed all these stylistic territories and arrived at a musical location all his own.

If you have never been to a Pierce Turner gig here is the ideal chance to rectify that omission in the plush surroundings of the Sugar Club. Most gigs you go to, you know more or less what to expect, but Pierce Turner is one of the select few that manage to confound your expectations yet maintain a consistently high standard of composition and performance. Will the evening feature a string quartet? A rock band? A dance-on-the- table hoedown. Or will he appear alone, armed with just acoustic guitar or keyboard. Or even a child's xylophone used to both hilarious and chilling effect? A mix 'n' match of all these elements has featured in previous Turner performances, but given his versatility, God only knows what treats await you at the Sugar Club.

Whether he's belting out comic tales of provincial life, or reducing the room to awed silence, there is no-one quite like Pierce Turner. Pierce Turner @ The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson St.,Dublin

PIERCE TURNER - Biography

Whether as a singer or songwriter or performer, Pierce Turner has a penchant for the unexpected and the unorthodox, re-writing the rules for all three endeavours. Sometimes he performs from behind his trusty keyboard backed by a solo instrument (sax, maybe, or violin or trombone!). Or he can be out front-of-house clambering over tables and ordering drinks from the bar. In the middle of a song! His albums to are equally mercurial, showing influences ranging from his Catholic Irish upbringing to the decadence of Lou Reed's New York, merging the upfront rock of The Byrds, The Beach Boys and The Who to deft touches of Irish trad, folk, jazz, techno, classical and choral harmonies.

Turner grew up in the port-town of Wexford where his mother ran a record shop and led her own band. Like all his siblings he was classically trained, and his fondest early memories are of singing in the annual plainchant festival. By seven, he was a member of a traditional Irish tin whistle group, and at eight, he was playing in a brass and reed orchestra.
His first professional job was as a musician with the pop showband The Arrows. He later moved to New York and formed The Major Thinkers with fellow Wexfordian Larry Kirwan (now the front man of Black 47) and recorded several acclaimed albums.

His first solo album It's Only a Long Way Across was produced by American avant- composer, Phillip Glass. He went on to make two more albums for Beggars Banquet, The Sky and the Ground (an unforgettable carnival of highly-charged tunes, searing, soaring, poignant and funny.) In 1991 his epic Now Is Heaven was released to great critical acclaim, with Hot Press dubbing him "Ireland's greatest living poet" and his awards cabinet taking possession of a trophy for Irish Solo Performer of the Year in the Hot Press Awards by a panel drawn from the national media.

In 1998 Beggars Banquet released a Best Of Pierce Turner compilation. In June 2001, 3 Minute World hit the racks, Hot Press giving it a 12 out of 12, while Tony Clayton-Lea of the Irish Times feted Pierce as one of the most important Irish artists of the last twenty years. Meanwhile Pat Kenny pronounced "This man's a genius" on his national radio show, as Turner set off on a tour of over 70 private houses in Ireland for what he has called his "Parlour Tour", with a London-based tv camera-crew in tow for a future documentary.

Somewhere along the way, other gems from the Turner canon were featured in the film Snakes And Ladders, the HBO hit show The Wire with his extraordinary version of "Dirty Old Town"and Christy Moore recorded Turner's songs "Among The Wicklow Hills" and "Mush God Help Her." Indeed Christy's 2004 box set includes his generous tribute to Turner on the track "I Love The Way Pierce Turner Sings".

In 2005, just as Turner was about to release his album The Boy To Be With, "Among The Wicklow Hills" was voted among the top 25 Irish songs ever by Today FM in a nationwide poll. The Boy To Be With also includes Turner's heartfelt tribute to the late Irish bluesman Rory Gallagher and is the most eagerly anticipated Pierce Turner album for more than a decade.

 
 
 
 
PIERCE TURNER
The Mini-Album: "Catch A Wave"
Features the song "Fading Away"
Out Now on 50/30 Sounds
www.pierceturner.com


See the video for "Fading Away", a brilliant parody of "Oh Brother where art Thou" made by John Rokonski - Click Here
 
 
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Whether as a singer or songwriter or performer, Pierce Turner has a penchant for the unexpected and the unorthodox, re-writing the rules for all three endeavours. Sometimes he performs from behind his trusty keyboard backed by a solo instrument (sax, maybe, or violin or trombone!). Or he can be out front-of-house clambering over tables and ordering drinks from the bar. In the middle of a song! His albums to are equally mercurial, showing influences ranging from his Catholic Irish upbringing to the decadence of Lou Reed's New York, merging the upfront rock of The Byrds, The Beach Boys and The Who to deft touches of Irish trad, folk, jazz, techno, classical and choral harmonies.

Turner grew up in the port-town of Wexford where his mother ran a record shop and led her own band. Like all his siblings he was classically trained, and his fondest early memories are of singing in the annual plainchant festival. By seven, he was a member of a traditional Irish tin whistle group, and at eight, he was playing in a brass and reed orchestra. His first professional job was as a musician with the pop showband The Arrows. He later moved to New York and formed The Major Thinkers with fellow Wexfordian Larry Kirwan (now the front man of Black 47) and recorded several acclaimed albums.

His first solo album It's Only a Long Way Across was produced by American avant- composer, Phillip Glass. He went on to make two more albums for Beggars Banquet, The Sky and the Ground (an unforgettable carnival of highly-charged tunes, searing, soaring, poignant and funny.) In 1991 his epic Now Is Heaven was released to great critical acclaim, with Hot Press dubbing him "Ireland's greatest living poet" and his awards cabinet taking possession of a trophy for Irish Solo Performer of the Year in the Hot Press Awards by a panel drawn from the national media.

In 1998 Beggars Banquet released a Best Of Pierce Turner compilation. In June 2001, 3 Minute World hit the racks, Hot Press giving it a 12 out of 12, while Tony Clayton-Lea of the Irish Times feted Pierce as one of the most important Irish artists of the last twenty years. Meanwhile Pat Kenny pronounced "This man's a genius" on his national radio show, as Turner set off on a tour of over 70 private houses in Ireland for what he has called his "Parlour Tour", with a London-based tv camera-crew in tow for a future documentary.

Somewhere along the way, other gems from the Turner canon were featured in the film Snakes And Ladders, the HBO hit show The Wire with his extraordinary version of "Dirty Old Town"and Christy Moore recorded Turner's songs "Among The Wicklow Hills" and "Mush God Help Her." Indeed Christy's 2004 box set includes his generous tribute to Turner on the track "I Love The Way Pierce Turner Sings".

In 2005, just as Turner was about to release his album The Boy To Be With, "Among The Wicklow Hills" was voted among the top 25 Irish songs ever by Today FM in a nationwide poll. The Boy To Be With also includes Turner's heartfelt tribute to the late Irish bluesman Rory Gallagher and is the most eagerly anticipated Pierce Turner album for more than a decade.

 

PIERCE TURNER ALBUMS

It’s Only A Long Way Across
The Sky and the Ground
Now Is Heaven
Manana in Manhattan live
Snakes and Ladders - soundtrack
Angelic Language
“Best of”
Action
3 Minute World
The Boy To Be With - Released on 1st April 2005 - distributed by RMG Chart

Pierce spent almost nine months of 2001 in his native Ireland promoting his latest C.D, “3 Minute World”. He appeared on all of the major T.V. shows in the Republic and guested on the hot radio shows, “Tom Dunne’s Pet Sounds” and guest- hosted “Mystery Train with John Kelly” for the entire programme.

The Recording which is in it’s third pressing has sold enormously well in Ireland and is fast becoming a word of mouth classic. Proof of this is the end of the year National Hot Press Readers Poll in which “3 Minute World was voted in the top ten albums of the year and Pierce himself in the top ten songwriters.

Mike Farragher from NewYork’s Irish Voice also put it in his top ten Irish albums of the Year.

"He has created what I confidently believe to be to be the finest body of work bar none, in Irish contemporary music” Liam Fay, Sunday Times

“Easily one of Ireland’s most important rock artists of the past twenty years”

Tony Clayton-Lea – Irish Times – 12th May 2001

“This complex and astonishing work is a breathtakingly gorgeous soundtrack to your wildest dreams” 12 out of 12 – Jimmy Lacey – Hot Press – May 2001 Top Rating

"The man is a genius” Cited Pat Kenny Radio One Sept 11th 2001

"His live shows have become the stuff of legends-prowling the stage like a singing, dancing bear with the loyal, hardcore crowd singing every word. The following is steadily growing. Turner for so long a critical favourite is now finding a more mainstream audience."

Neil Hassett, The Irish Examiner. 08.06.01

"A long love letter to the simple things in Life and a measured rebuke to the tyranny of time keeping. 3 Minute World finds Turner in many moods. The hymnal You Won’t Mind. The rousing marching beat of Sunday or the ambient wash of Fishin’s just an excuse. A class act. Alan Corr RTE Guide **** Top Rating

“There is no one in the whole wide world of music quite like Pierce Turner; a unique visionary, the owner of a voice that drips emotion, a consummate lyricist and the creator of tunes which are both complex and accessible.” Geoff Wallis – Penguin Books; The Rough Guide to Irish Music - – April 2001


 
 
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