Future Meets the Past

New album to be released Spring 2022
James J Turner gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England in the making of this album.

New single from the forthcoming album:

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Breaking of the Ties

Release Date: 3rd Dec 2021


This brand new song was written in 2021 for James J Turner’s Arts Council England funded new album “Future Meets the Past” and is a powerful Folk-Rock track featuring a blend of traditional acoustic and contemporary electric instrumentation. James's powerful voice and dextrous guitar playing on Martin D28 provide the backbone to this passionate, anthemic song which also features acoustic folk fiddle, electric guitar and rhythm section. 

“Breaking of the Ties” tells a story of the devastating social impact of the agricultural changes of the 18th and 19th centuries on ordinary working people and was inspired by James’s personal research into his own family history. The drift from countryside homes to the crowded towns and cities during the agricultural and industrial revolutions meant that within one or two generations all ancient ties to ancestral homelands, sometimes going back hundreds or even thousands of years, were broken. 

Future Meets the Past

1.  Future Meets the Past 

2.  Breaking of the Ties

3.  Real Change

4.  Kalahari Rain  

5.  Hey Brother  

6.  Same Old Story  

7.  Heaven's Inside You  

8.  Cycle of Life  

9.  Move Up to the Light  

10.  Universe  

11.  To the Wild  

12. We Won't Live Under Fear  

Arts Council Project: More Information


“Past Connections, Inspired Futures” is an Arts Council England supported project which has been awarded to James J Turner. This has funded an album of songs, which James has titled “Future Meets the Past” which will be accompanied by a national tour of the same name. The events are being organised jointly with highly regarded local historians.

The project has been developed around the theme of the Bardic Druid who reconnects people both to the natural world and the cultural roots of our past. The events will consist of a musical performance from James, following a complementary presentation from a leading local historian introducing the local communities’ social and cultural heritage. Through the album and events James will try to express his thoughts on the importance of humanity connecting with both the local and wider environments within historical context.

The Future Meets the Past CD Album to be released

Spring 2022

12 original songs from James J Turner

Recorded by Andy Bowes at Catalyst Studios, St. Helens

Additional Recording by Jose Ibanez at 3rd Planet Recording Studios, Liverpool

Mixed by: Jose Ibanez

All Words & Music: James J Turner

Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Electric Guitar / Mandolin / Whistles / Shruti: James J Turner

Electric Bass / Double Bass: Etienne Girard

Drums: Dave Ormsby

Violin: Neil McCartney

Violin: Amy Chalmers

Violin: Chris Haigh

Cello: Vicky Mutch

Produced by: James J Turner


This photograph was taken during WW1 in Chapel Street, Altrincham. Some of James's ancestors were born and lived in this street which, in the 19th Century, was home to Altrincham's Anglo-Irish community. When war was declared in 1914 more than 150 men just from this one street joined up. 29 men never came back.