Now this is one of the strange things about running folk gigs. The Goose is a huge fan of Steve Turner, and when he came down to the Mag in 2010, it was one of the best nights we’d ever had – from a musical point of view.
From an audience point of view – well, we only had thirteen people there 🙁
What’s wrong with you, people, we wanted to shout (not at those who were there, obviously!) Don’t you recognise quality? Anyway, we shall deffo be booking Steve again, so please come and see him and find out what you missed the first time!
Steve Turner comes from a family of singers and concertina players. His grandfather was known to have sung and played the instrument in the 1890’s.
Steve began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s. Joining the Geordie band “Canny Fettle” in 1970, he made two albums and toured in Britain and Europe with them for eight years.
In 1979, he won the Melody Maker “Stars of the 80s” national competition, which persuaded him to turn professional for 12 years until 1991. During this time he made four solo albums with Fellside Records and toured internationally.
A period of thirteen years away from the folk scene followed with Steve building a violin retailing business and diversifying musically into a more classical mode.
But folk music has a habit of getting into your blood so 2004 saw Steve make a welcome return to the folk scene.
Steve’s 5th album, his first for 22 years “The Whirligig of Time” featuring guests Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan and Miranda Sykes was released in March 2008.
“A shining example of the music the British folk scene is capable of producing”.Folk Roots
“Steve Turner has been turning into one of this country’s finest male singers and performers of folk-song ….. with him you can truly say that he has shown all the qualities of a great singer and interpreter of folk song.” Swing 51, National Folk Magazine