Singer-songwriter Karen Turley launches her brand new EP Like We Used To in Liverpool this coming Friday 24th March 2017. Rescheduled from January, this night features Karen performing at Mathew Street’s intimate View Two Gallery with support from new country/folk duo Hands of Grain and Liverpool singer-songwriter Joanne Louise.
In 2015 Omagh-born, Liverpool-based Turley, a former member of bluegrass trio The Jesse Janes, was chosen to perform ‘in the round’ at Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Cafe with US music legends Beth Nielsen Chapman and Don Henry. A busy 2016 saw her supporting Xander and the Peace Pirates, and playing at the Liverpool Acoustic Festival, Chorlton Arts Festival, and the inaugural Folk Festival on the Dock.
Karen’s new EP was recorded in December 2016 and features four brand new songs from the rising country star.
So come along to the View Two Gallery and see one of folk and Americana’s rising stars performing in one of the best intimate venues around. With top class support, inspirational art, and a bar, what’s not to love?
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Karen Turley will be appearing on Chris Currie‘s local music show on Wirral Radio today – Monday 20th March. The show is on from 7.00pm to 9.00pm every Monday evening and can be found on 92.1FM, DAB, and online at wirralradio.co.uk
To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 154 to download for free.
1. Karen Turley – Restless
From the EP Like We Used To, available 31st March 2017
2. Hands of Grain – Ever Know (Walkabout Sessions)
3. Joanne Louise – Last Train to Paradise
From the album The Here & Now, available from Joanne’s website
4. Karen Turley – Restless
Theme: King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water
Karen Turley is a Singer-Songwriter from Omagh in Northern Ireland, living in Liverpool. She started playing the guitar at the age of 15 and has always had a passion for music, particularly American Folk and Country.
Karen has had her original songs played on BBC Introducing on BBC Radio Merseyside in the past few years as well as performing on a couple of live sessions.
In March 2015 Karen was lucky enough to be one of two Singer/Songwriters chosen to travel to Nashville for a full week of Songwriting workshops and activities with esteemed songwriters. She was also able to perform in the round with the wonderful Beth Nielsen Chapman and Don Henry in the famous ‘Bluebird Cafe’. The competition was part of an exciting exchange between Liverpool and Nashville, with The ‘Bluebird Cafe’ being recreated in August 2015 in ‘The Bluecoat’ in Liverpool for an evening of live performances. Karen performed at the Early Show for this event while the late show was hosted by ‘Whispering Bob Harris’ and included special guests from Nashville.
2016 saw Karen support Xander and the Peace Pirates at The View Two Gallery with Liverpool Acoustic and in March she was thrilled to perform as part of the The Liverpool Acoustic Festival in The Unity Theatre. She recently played at Chorlton Arts Festival, the inaugural Folk Festival at The Albert Dock and regularly gigs in Liverpool.
Her ‘Like We Used To’ EP is being released on Friday 24th March and features four brand new songs recorded in December 2016.
Hands of Grain are a country/folk duo formed by Daniel Saleh and Gabby Hayes-Wishart. Blending rich harmonies with music, they are producing their own blend of captivating songwriting. Their debut EP Blue & Black is to be released soon.
Liverpool born Joanne Louise is finally back in Liverpool after 20 years or so away. She is an eclectic jazz/folk singer/songwriter with two albums under her belt. Joanne Louise originally began performing in Liverpool as very young ethereal backing vocalist with I-Lands, supporting The Icicle Works a couple of times and James at Lark in the Park. She then progressed to writing her own songs and formed the duo Drowning World with which she played regularly at singer/songwriter venues in Liverpool before moving to London.
She recorded her first collection of songs Love The Sea Is Blue (two songs Lies and Body Bright from that album are currently available on JL’s website) with her then band The Mighty House featuring bass ace Nick Cohen (Incognito, Annie Lennox) and percussionist Preston Heyman (Kate Bush).
JL has performed at London venues such as The Mean Fiddler, 12 Bar Club, Jazz Cafe and The Green Note and in 2006 teamed up with Lewis Fielding (blues guitarist with Jerimiah Marques, Big Joe Lewis, and bass player/slide guitarist for JL) to create her last album The Here & Now. This album is described as “… an oasis of calm & healing. Lovely. ” by Keith Ames, music critic from The Musician’s Union magazine and features BBC jazz award winner 2003, Byron Wallen.
She is currently working on her next album and is performing regularly in and around Merseyside. The Here & Now as a CD was originally released in 2008 and is now available in its 2nd edition form only from her live performances or as a download from www.joannelouisegriffiths.com.
If you get the chance, please support your local artists by joining their mailing lists, liking their facebook pages, following them on twitter, leaving them comments, going to their gigs, and buying their music direct from them where possible. The Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight is produced and presented by Graham Holland on behalf of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting. The theme music is King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water.
Preview: Karen Turley EP launch – Friday 24th March 2017
Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.
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