James’s powerful voice and dextrous guitar playing provide the backbone to his passionate, anthemic songs. His recent studio albums ( “How Could We Be Wrong?” : “Spirit, Soul & a Handful of Mud”) stormed the acoustic music scene, receiving incredible critical acclaim across UK and Europe gaining him thousands of fans plus UK and European radio play including regional and national BBC stations and key live gigs including mainstream folk festivals.
James was delighted to be awarded the support of Arts Council England for a new 2018 album and national tour. This album, called “Future Meets the Past”, was recorded in Spring 2018 and 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 box), Neil McCartney (from Merry Hell) plus Amy Chalmers on fiddler, Etienne Girard (upright & electric bass) and Dave Ormsby (drums). The tracks were all recorded as organically as possible with the bass and drum playing live together and no digital editing. An album and national tour scheduled for Spring 2019.