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Folk column: Turner Prize
Juliet Turner has a treat for fans. She’ll be debuting songs from her forthcoming album on her current tour.
Greg McAteer, 11 Oct 2006
uliet Turner has hit the road again to play a slew of intimate shows. She’s performing new songs prior to going into the studio to record her fourth studio album.
Judging by the rapturous response to her brace of shows at the Spirit Store there’ll be a ready audience for the new LP when it comes out. In the meantime she cracks out a new single ‘Joy’ on her own Hear This! Label on October 6
Turner will be working live with ace guitarist Brian Grace: there’s a crackling musical chemistry between the two that parallels her easy rapport with her audience. The tour continues with shows in The Forum, Waterford on October 7, a double header with Christie Hennessy at the Seven Tower Leisure Centre on October 14 and a Limerick show at Dolans on October 28.
One of Juliet’s former touring partners, Joan Armatrading will be making a flying visit to the Aran Islands to record a live segment for her BBC radio show with the squad from Ragus. Ragus main man Fergal O Murchu has no idea how she tracked them down but given that they’ve now played and danced their way across most of the world there have been plenty of opportunities to impress.
The Willard Grant Conspiracy will be stopping off in Dublin to play a show at CrawDaddy on October 7. Support on the night will be from The Guggenheim Grotto who will be using this as a chance to road test a stripped back acoustic version of their normal live show before they head off to conquer the US on the back of their recent album release there.
Bewley’s Café Theatre will be the target of the next Shay Cotter raid on the capital with a gig there scheduled for October 13. These evenings are now famous for Shay’s habit of springing special guests on the crowd – this time shouldn’t be any different.
In the lead up to the Tain Festival later in the month you might think the Spirit Store would take the foot off the gas a bit but on the contrary the Dundalk venue’s schedule is choc-a-bloc with great gigs this month. October 6 sees Kevin Montgomery re-visit the venue with a solo show this timem showcasing his Gram Parsons and Roger McGuinn tinged songs. His special guest on the night will be violinist Andrea Zonn who is more usually seen in the musical company of Vince Gill and James Taylor. On Sunday 8 Patrick Freyne and his Bad Intentions visit Dundalk as part of a double header with Miriam Ingram. Patrick has toured with The Handsome Family and Willard Grant Conspiracy of late, and will be playing material from his new album. Part folk/country/gospel/punk and set to a dustbowl Americana backdrop of Guthrie and Leadbelly, this could be a gig to really remember. Legendary Scottish singer, songwriter, composer and producer Dick Gaughan visits on Friday 13. His songs have been covered by Billy Bragg, Capercaillie, Mary Black and many more and he is unreservedly one of the most important figures in contemporary British folk.