James was delighted to be awarded the support of Arts Council England for a brand-new album and national tour. This album, called “Future Meets the Past”, which will be released soon, was developed around the theme of the Bardic Druid who tries to reconnect people both to the natural world and the cultural and historical roots of our past. The new album features characteristic James J Turner songs with strident lyrics, catchy melodies, anthemic choruses and strong hooks; plus first class musicianship from James (vocals / guitar whistles / mandolin / shruti), Neil McCartney, from Merry Hell, (fiddle), Amy Chalmers (also fiddle), Vicky Reid (cello), Etienne Girard (upright & electric bass) and Dave Ormsby (drums). The tracks were all recorded as organically as possible with the bass and drums playing live together.
“James J Turner is a superb talent with a great sound” Classic Rock Magazine
“an intriguing release, seriously great songs” Julian Piper, ACOUSTIC Magazine
“A potent piece of folk rock. If justice was done, there shouldn’t be anyone that doesn’t know this man’s work ... hooks more infectious than a virulent virus .... This music will get inside your brain and stay there ... gut-level, earthy music you cannot ignore ... consistently outstanding” Tim Carroll, Folkwords
“Astonishingly good tunes ... giving rein to his considerable talent ... a glorious concoction of acoustic guitar and Turner’s ever-powerful voice ... a cracking record that in turn crackles with optimism and exuberance” Pagan Dawn Magazine.
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