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Acoustic night - James J Turner

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Fri, 9th Aug - 7.30pm

Tonight we welcome James J Turner, who is one of the most unique and potent artists to emerge from the Acoustic music scene in recent years. His powerful voice and dexterous guitar playing provide the backbone to passionate, anthemic songs. His recent studio albums stormed the folk scene, receiving incredible critical acclaim, being called “groundbreaking” and the “best folk-rock album of the year” gaining extensive national and regional radio playlisting. James has Arts Council England backing for a 2019 album release, radio promotion and national tour.

James’s live performance is powerful and unforgettable; his guitar technique on Martin D28 has been likened to Bert Jansch but is actually completely unique to James, who performs a set of original songs. He has a huge voice and powers his set along with a Logjam Stomp Box.

James’s home town of Liverpool is a diverse musical melting pot, and this was a heady influence on James, who started playing guitar and singing from a ridiculously young age. His first gig was at the tender age of 9, largely playing rhythm and blues. He also wrote his own songs from an early age, and by his early teens most of the set he performed was self-penned.

He fronted several different line-ups including Lies all Lies, playing a rock’n’roll-meets-new-wave guitar style music. Later he fronted The Electric Morning and released records on the Liverpool indie label Probe Records. But not wanting to just be a local band, the Electric Morning toured with American bands such as the Rain Parade, True West, the Beat Farmers and The Long Riders, playing all around the UK and Europe. Both John Peel and Andy Kershaw played the Electric Morning records enthusiastically. James quickly attracted the interest of the UK music media. Kev Sampson in Melody Maker said “it’s the singer that makes this lot special, with a manic stage presence and a huge Bono style voice”.

He has also appeared at numerous festivals, including Obod winter and summer gatherings at Glastonbury, Witchfest, and the Folk and Cider Festival in Cleethorpes.

“James J Turner is a superb talent, a strong mature musician, with a great sound ” Classic Rock Society Magazine

“an intriguing release, with some seriously great songs” Julian Piper, ACOUSTIC Magazine

Doors and bottle bar from 7pm, music from 7.30pm.

As ever for our acoustic series, this is a pay as you feel event, with the proceeds being split between the hall and the performers.