James J Turner,
James J Turner has a unique live solo style and is one of the most potent artists to emerge from the Acoustic music scene in recent years. James's powerful voice and dextrous guitar playing provide the backbone to his passionate, anthemic songs.
James J Turner’s 2012 album How Could We Be Wrong? stormed the folk and acoustic scene, receiving incredible critical acclaim across the UK and Europe from mainstream media including being called "groundbreaking" and the “best folk-rock album of the year”. This helped him gain thousands of fans plus lots of UK and European radio play (mainstream and regional BBC stations, including BBC Scotland & BBC Wales plus specialist folk and acoustic shows), live BBC and specialist Folk radio sessions and key live gigs including performances at the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) Summer and Winter Gatherings in Glastonbury Town Hall, plus lots of mainstream Folk festivals including Folk on the Dock, Liverpool, and Folk on the Farm, Anglesey.
In Summer 2016 James released his third solo album Spirit, Soul & a Handful of Mud to more fantastic reviews. Publications from the mainstream Acoustic Magazine (who also interviewed James) to the biggest Pagan journal in the UK Pagan Dawn have praised this “consistently outstanding”, “wonderful” and “cracking” record which “exceeds already high expectations many times over”.
Recently James was delighted to be awarded the support of Arts Council England for a new album and national tour called "Future Meets the Past".
Here are a few excerpts from the many great reviews for James’s music (more on the reviews page of this website)
“with it's energy and clear commitment to his faith, this is an intriguing release, with some seriously great songs”
Julian Piper, ACOUSTIC Magazine
"A potent piece of folk rock. If justice was done, there really shouldn’t be anyone that doesn’t already know this man’s work ... hooks more infectious than a virulent virus .... This music will get inside your brain and stay there ... ‘Spirit, Soul & a Handful of Mud’ is gut-level, earthy music you cannot ignore ... consistently outstanding work
Tim Carroll, FOLKWORDS
"Astonishingly good tunes ... giving rein to his considerable talent ... a glorious concoction of acoustic guitar, fiddle, and Turner’s ever-powerful voice ... a cracking record that in turn crackles with optimism and exuberance”
Andy Stout, Pagan Dawn
"Quality throughout from a fine singer/songwriter who has real passion to match his talent"
Andrew Lock, Sound & Visions
James J Turner is a superb talent, a strong mature musician, with a great sound ” Classic Rock Society Magazine
“So right on every level, this is music that makes it’s mark – hard and deep ….Potent lyrics, a rich powerful voice, timeless acoustic rock-tinged folk … played live could easily attain anthemic status” ” Tim Carroll, Folkwords
“Tremendous, strident vocals … music with oomph but also integrity” Pete Fyfe, UK Folk Music Magazine.
“it’s all quite irresistible, so How Could Anyone fail to warm to James’s music?” David Kidman, Folk and Roots Magazine
“5/5 - really is one of the best folk sounding albums that I have heard in 2012 … Turner has a rich and hypnotic sound to his voice … he is a great song-writer … I can’t wait to see what he does next.” MALEXTRA / FEMALE FIRST Celebrity Magazines
“How Could We Be Wrong? is probably the very best folk rock record of 2012. A must listen release, an album which quite simply puts others into the shade.”. Ringmaster Review