The new album by Julia Turner
Official release date 30th September 2016
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March’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.
RACHAEL DADD rachaeldadd.com
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
EMMA GATRILL emmagatrill.com
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!
JULIA TURNER juliaturner.co.uk
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.
‘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 outwww.theworldislistening.co
Our first night will be kicking off with non-other than queen-of-the-bristol-music
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
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
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
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.