Coming soon… Fifteen Times The Moon

The new album by Julia Turner coming this Autumn
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Album front squareJulia Turner presents…
Fifteen Times The Moon
Album pre-release gig
Friday 30th September, doors 7:30pm

Tickets £8 advance/£10 on the door (including booking fee) available from Folk House box office 0117 926 2987

Julia Turner – vocals and guitar
Annalise Lam – violin and clarinet
Pasquale Votino – double bass
Roberto Nappi – drums

Album back squarePlus special guests, TBA…

Due for release in Autumn 2016, Fifteen Times the Moon is a collection of original songs that explore the weather patterns of life, our fears, hopes and relationships with both ourselves and each other. The album title was inspired by the incredible true story of a Mexican fisherman, who one quiet afternoon set out on a fishing trip but was then caught up in a huge storm. He was not heard of again for fifteen months, at which point, after all hope was lost, he was discovered on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean.

A number of Julia’s well-played songs such as Stormy Skies and Fear of Music feature on the album as well as lots of new material including two tracks co-written with Swedish songwriter Sunniva Brynnel. Julia’s passionate and fluent vocals paint her lyrics with intricate and engaging melodies supported deftly by finger picking guitar. With accomplished double bass player Pasquale Votino, violinist Annalise Lam playing both virtuosic solos and sympathetic backing lines and Roberto Nappi holding it down with drums that can both sing and groove Julia’s quartet is simultaneously tight and engaging.

This is a night not to be missed with the debut of their new material, pre-release albums for sale and a special guest or two for good measure. Come and help them celebrate their latest creation.

Julia is a jazz musician and poet at heart and this comes through in her music. She says ‘The songs on this album are very story based and I wanted to expose our vulnerability as musicians and people in the recordings because that’s what makes the music really come alive’.

Outside Toybox Studio 2015. Photo by Dan King

Fifteen Times The Moon – album campaign

THIS OFFER IS NOW FINISHED. The album will be available for general release on 30th September 2016.

Fifteen Times The Moon – album crowdfunding campaign
Pre-order an album bundle below to help fund original music and be the first to hear the finished album before it goes on general release. Estimated delivery by 15th June 2016. Select from the following options in the drop down menu:
£10 Album download
£15 A signed CD
£20 A signed CD + Invite to online album launch gig
£35 A signed CD + Invite to online album launch + Limited addition shopping bag
 A signed CD + Invite to online album launch +Limited addition shopping bag + signed photo of the band

As thank you for pre-purchasing the album you name will be printed in the album notes.

Femme De Musique #4

Femme de Musique #4 websiteMarch’s Femme de Musique bill brings an exciting mix of individual sets and collaboration from folk/pop/experimental musicians Rachael Dadd and Emma Gatrill, hosted by Bristol’s own Julia Turner.

It’s hard to pin Rachael Dadd down due to her semi-nomadic lifestyle, her two young children and the fact that she tours with so many different musicians all over the world. This then is a rare treat. Her solo set will include music from her most recent release ‘We Resonate’ carves out a niche of its own, crossing genres from folk, through pop and experimental.

brilliantly unusual…you never know what she`s going to do next”
– Lauren Laverne

“Bold art folk…accomplished fusion of words, acoustic strumming and wild percussive textures” – UNCUT

We’re thrilled to be able to host this unstoppable, multi-instrumentalist and collaborator at Femme De Musique tonight. She has found time to lend her voice, clarinet and accordion skills to everyone from Laura Marling to Broken Social Scene.

Tonight Emma’s set will include songs from her debut album Chapter I featuring poignant songs based around her latest acquisition – the harp. Her intricate harp playing and powerful vocals soar above her classic songwriting, which owes a debt to Bjork and Joni Mitchell as well as her friends and co-conspirators Alessi’s Ark and Rachael Dadd – expect a shared song or two tonight!

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One third of the The Eko Trio you may have seen her harmonising at the first FDM in November. A jazz loving singer/songwriter Julia Turner draws from a large repertoire of original songs and old but thrillingly fresh standards. Julia studied jazz at Leeds College of Music and then flew halfway around the world to explore her paternal homeland of Australia. After romantic notions of being a waitress in Melbourne fell flat she busked her way out of a dead end job and wrote an album all about it. City Synchronicity was released in 2012. Back home in Bristol Julia continues to spin her stories through intricate vocal melodies and deft finger picking guitar. She is currently recording her second album.


Crowdfunding continues…

Fifteen Times The Moon – album crowdfunding campaign
Pre-order an album bundle below to help fund original music and be the first to hear the finished album before it goes on general release. Estimated delivery by 1st June 2015.Select from the following options in the drop down menu:
£10 Album download
£15 A signed CD
£20 A signed CD + Invite to online album launch gig
£35 A signed CD + Invite to online album launch + Limited addition shopping bag
 A signed CD + Invite to online album launch +Limited addition shopping bag + signed photo of the band

As thank you for pre-purchasing the album you name will be printed in the album notes. 

Crowdfunder bundles

Why I’m asking you to help me finish my second album of original songs…The music industry has changed. In the past you had to be signed by a big label but today you can take the place of the record label by pre-ordering my as yet unfinished album so that I can afford to make it. Think of it as giving me an advance. You get an album of lovely music and I get to record the songs that are in my head. It’s a win win situation.

Crowdfunder picsPhotos: Dot SmithMy name is Julia Turner.

I am a Bristol based musician. When I’m not out leading choirs in this fair city I am writing, performing and collaborating with other musicians. Singing is what I love to do.

I have a number of songs that people have been asking me to record for a few years now, others that are hot off the press and many, many more lurking in the periphery of my mind waiting to be given the time and focus to properly form. I want to record my next album, in fact I’ve already put a few tracks down, the album is underway.

After a successful 4 weeks crowdfunder campaign we raised £3022 towards the recording of the album. Now we just need about another £1000 by June to help us put the finishing touches on it after recording such as mixing, mastering and printing.

This is where you come in. You wonderful people that support original music by purchasing CDs, coming to gigs and just generally giving your love and attention. I am asking you to pledge what you can to help me and the musicians I’m working with finish our album.
It’s a big project but with your help we can do it!

Here are links to some of my songs that will feature on this album…

Fear of Music (at The Folk House with Annalise Lam, Roberto Nappi and Guillaume Ottaviani)
Still Raging Storm (co-composed with Sunniva Brynnel, played at cafe in Sweden)
Man Gonna Wander (first go at it at home with Vanessa Hartley in 2013)
Stormy Skies (Solo for Harboured Sounds)
Winter song (Originally arranged as a cappella piece for The Eko Trio)

Browse the website to find out more about my music and poetry.

Here’s where you can find my first album…
City Synchronicity recorded in Melbourne in Dec 2012

And here are some of the brilliant musicians who will feature on the new album with me…
Annalise Lam

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Photo: Dan King

Pasquale Votino


Photo: Dan King

Roberto Nappi


Roberto Nappi


Eleanor VS



Sunniva Brynnel


Eko Collective Presents: Femme De Musique


‘Femme de Musique’ is a new, female-led music night taking place on the last Weds of every month @ The Greenbank, Easton. The night is hosted by The Eko Songwriter’s Collective, founded by Lauren Bradford, Julia Turner & Isolde Freeth-Hale, who collaborate as the Eko Trio, and also share a stage with their solo projects. ‘Femme de Musique’ was born out of a desire to share the positive experience they’ve had of supporting one another as women in the music industry, instead of adhering to the stereotype of competing ‘divas’. Eko Collective wish to feed this into an extended community of gender-equal musicians and industry-specialists, by bringing more opportunities for women to the table, & responding to the alarming statistics of female presence in the industry today. Check, an excellent women-in-industry discussion forum, to see quite how striking they can be.

Our first night will be kicking off with non-other than queen-of-the-bristol-music-scene, and co-founder of ‘The World is Listening’, Nuala Honan. If you are not already completely in-love with the fire-side honesty, and arresting soulfulness she breathes into Country Folk song, check her out below. We are very excited.

Supporting Nuala tonight, we have a very special guest all the way from South Africa, known as Sisanda Myataza. You may have had the pleasure of hearing Sisanda sing with the Bristol-based band Mankala at the Harboured Sounds Take Over in August. Tonight she shall being performing a special set of Jazz and traditional African infused songs. Listen to her fabulous new EP here:

Hosting the evening, The Eko Trio will be interspersing the night with their self-penned quirky numbers and rearranged classics, influenced by traditional and vintage acapella singing. You may have seen them at the Greenbank on their first UK tour last month, but once is never enough, these girls are full of surprises. Check out their latest single here:

Eko Collective are interested in hearing from anyone who would love to be a part of this night, and the extended female-friendly community it hopes to create and support. Whether you are a musician, music-lover, producer, writer, reviewer, promoter, visual artist, film-maker, man or woman, who supports gender-equality in Music, we’d love to hear from you.

How Sweet And Long The Twilight

Trees bathed in twilight in the forest near Uddevalla, Sweden

Trees bathed in twilight in the forest near Uddevalla, Sweden

How Sweet And Long The Twilight   
Julia Turner 2015

We talk as the light gently fades
The lazy, hazy setting sun
You tell me of the serenade
The way he took you in his arms

I tell you of the road I’ve passed
The valleys and the mountain tops
You tell me the beginning last
The middle first, the end a lot

Stories told we share the calm
Midsummer’s night in forest thick
And with a smile you take my arm
How sweet and long the twilight

The Eko Trio – Spoontastic tour

October ‘15 sees the Eko Trio launching their debut single ‘Cutlery Shed’, in cutting-edge wooden-spoon format, with a five date UK tour including Oxford, Bath, Bristol, London, Leeds. Eko will also be hosting a series of introductory singing workshops alongside selected concert dates, exploring a cappella singing, improvisation, and creative sound making.

October 2015 tour dates…

Warm-up gigs at Bristol Festival of Song
Fri 16th 1:20-2pm at The New Room
5:20-5:45pm at Colston Hall Foyer

Fri 23rd OXFORD 7.30pm, The Yurt, Haddon Acre, £10 Buy tickets

Sat 24th BATH 7.30pm,The Love Lounge, The Bell Inn, £6/5 Buy tickets

Wed 28th BRISTOL 7.30pm, The Greenbank Pub, Easton, £6/5 * Buy tickets

Fri 30th LONDON 7.30pm, The Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green, £5 Buy tickets

Sat 31st LEEDS 7.30pm, The Heart Centre, Headingley, £6/5 * Buy tickets

Saturday 17th October, 12-1:30pm, Hamilton House, Bristol. Buy tickets
Saturday 31st October, 3-4:30pm, The Heart Centre, Leeds. Buy tickets

In these workshops, the Eko Trio will lead you through a selection of vocal games, exercises and short a cappella pieces from jazz, pop, folk and world origins, where you will have the opportunity to explore improvisation, sound play and creative vocal experimentation. You will also have the opportunity to learn parts to one of the songs we will be singing in our concert, and to join us as we sing it that night. Expect to have fun, feel inspired and create some beautiful music. Open to all ages and abilities, all music taught by ear.

Julia Turner and Isolde Freeth-Hale run regular, established choirs in Bristol including The Gasworks Choir, and The Morning Chorus. Both have background training in jazz, Indian classical, and are registered Natural Voice Practitioners.

Limited spaces, please arrive early/book in advance to avoid disappointment.