“Words for You”

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Universal Records are releasing an album of poetry readings set to classical music on 16th November for National Poetry Day in the UK. The album is called “Words For You”. I mention it because the British actor Geoffrey Palmer is one of the readers and although it might sound gushing, I LOVE him. And also because all of the royalties are going towards the UK communication charity I CAN who work with children who have speech, language and communication difficulties. This could make a great Christmas present.

Facebook and the Wind in the Willows

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I now have a facebook profile and a facebook page. Exciting. One could spend one’s whole life just messing around on the internet, much the same way as Ratty from “The Wind in the Willows” felt that there was no better way to spend a day than messing around with boats. Only boats are much more fun.

Call Me Son

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One of my favourite songs from the People Have Names album is “Pick a Story” and I was so pleased when Louis McCullagh, photographer and film maker asked if he could use the song in a short film he was making about a young boy within the care system. The film is sceening in the Manchester/Salford film festival in November and in Australia in March and it highlights the fact that thousands of children enter the care system every year and how many have to move from foster home to foster home, mostly transporting their clothes and belongings in a black bin liner. To find out more about the film visit Call me Son and click on the screen


The answer is relatively simple. More foster parents. In the UK about 10,000 new foster parents are required. Fostering is undertaken by a wide range of people but at any one time when a social worker is looking for somewhere to place a child their options can be very restricted due to lack of foster parents.

The child’s placement can be far from ideal. It may mean splitting them from siblings, being placed far away from their home area, being placed with foster parents who are not ideal (different ethnic background, religion, social interests, expertise, length of placement eg may only do respite fostering etc.)

Getting a good matched placement where the child can have stability would be perfect. The lack of stability creates “problem” children.


It might be cheaper for the local health board to use another foster home, the match with the foster carers may not be good, bad behaviour, the foster carers may only do short term, the foster carer is stopping fostering, social worker may wish to move the child back closer to original home area, foster carers circumstances change e.g. illness, job, moving home.

In the 10 years to 2006 the number of children in care per 10,000 children in the UK increased by 19%.

17% of children are placed over 21 miles from their original home.

Under 1% of children over 10 are placed for adoption, 18% of kids 1-4yrs old are placed for adoption. If you are 12 you aren’t going to get adopted.

A recent survey in Scotland found 40% of children in care had run away at some time.

The rate of staff leaving social work varies between 10.8% to 24.7% depending on where you are located. Each worker would have about 20 children in their files to look after. The statutory minimum visits they make are once per month but this could be once a week or more.

47.5% of all placements are 3 months or less.

All is not bad, a higher percentage of children in care are now put into foster care (as opposed to residential homes/schools) in recent years. The percentage has gone up from 66% to 70%.

62% of all kids are in care because of abuse and neglect a further 25% because of their parents leaving or what is termed having a dysfunctional family. One scenario might be that the mother may have a new partner who now wants his own family and so the existing kids are not wanted.

Going into care is a very traumatic experience. Trying to understand why it is happening. Meeting new people with new rules in a new environment. The child may be ashamed of its unfashionable clothing, split up from his or her siblings. Maybe only seeing them infrequently. Changing school, losing friends. Trying to fit in with new groups of people. Being moved. Thinking always that it is your fault.

Children want to be with their own family, however some do realise that fostering is the best option for them.

When in care 1000’s of these children/young people are being moved around and around.

Children in care can be different in some ways .They may not know their father and/or mother and so they might fantasise about them, that they are rich, really cool, wonderful e.g. like David Beckham etc. They may equate love with material things and be very materialistic. They may have no personal history, no photos, no one to tell them what they were like when they were small. Longterm being in care and the instability it brings can be very destructive to young lives.

Northern Echo review – Sept 6th 2008

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THREE years ago, Juliet Turner declared that for her next album she wanted “to be as literate and lyrical as I can, to make sure I enjoy the writing process”. The result of this can be heard on her fourth studio album, People Have Names, which was released recently.

Perhaps eschewing the more egotistical elements of the music business, there are no pictures of the Irish singer and songwriter on the cover of her new album. And anonymity is a minor theme in the album’s lyrics – the brilliant opening song, Invisible To The Eye, details the inner life of a character whose “possibilities lie open to the sky”. As an album opener, it’s classic Turner – her fragile, breathy vocals matched with a strong melody and commanding lyrics.

Elsewhere, we get the usual “love as poisoned chalice” song in High Hopes, where questions are posed of romance. The lovers find each other disappointing but persist in an uncertain optimism.

Elder Of The Tribe is less complex, and a beautiful song, based on the life of a man in South Africa who has lived a full life and urges younger friends to “take care of your lovely young life”.

The closing song, People Have Names, was written after a spell in the L’arche community in Northern Ireland, and is a celebratory song of the better aspects of human nature. Turner’s gift for insight into the strangeness of the human condition enables her to write brilliant songs, and this is another excellent album from one of the Western world’s most underrated and gifted songwriters.

Miles Cain

Review from Q magazine

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Nowhere near as well known as she should be, Juliet Turner’s fifth album “People Have Names” is a very sweet and subtle little thing, with a rueful, melancholy take on life’s and love’s absurdities that’s pleasingly devoid of the preciousness and overplayed mannerisms that afflict so many singer-songwriters.

Peter Kane, Sept 2008 issue.

Review from UK magazine “CLASH”

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ÔøºÔøºÔøº”What do you do if you have a double platinum album, 3 studio albums, and a Meteor Music award under your belt? Dublin songstress Juliet Turner chose to go back to college, Rivers Cuomos style. Not that she has packed in her passion for making heart-warming music, as she has proved on her anticipated new album “People Have Names”, a slow-burning collection of folk songs that sees Turner return to her strengths, although shedding her more up-tempo moments. Its a voice that would easily seep into the FM sheen of Radio 2 (part Kate Rusby, part Beth Portishead) yet there’s a depth here that also mirrors a growth in Turner’s songwriting, one far too complex for mere Sunday drivers.”

Get three songs: Luisa, Trickster, People Have Names
Dig it? Dig deeper: Kate Rusby “Sleepless”


also click here to read a review from “Get Ready to Rock” magazine.

“People Have Names is a quite lovely laid back album focusing on song writing, some wonderful playing and the instrumentation you wouldn’t normally associate with ‘Irish’ singer songwriter – dobro, banjo, accordion, upright bass, trumpet and horns.

A mature work that deserves a wider audience. ” – Peter Whalley, “Get Ready to Rock. Com” Aug 2008

Juliet Turner on the Den with Dustin the Turkey

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We found this old footage from 2004 when myself and Brian were on the Den with Dustin and Socky. It was the funniest show we have ever been on and we were crying by the end. And a big hello to all the lads down at the Pigeon Club…

Radio Requests

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Details for requestiing songs on radio:

Radio play helps spread the word so please, if you have a spare moment, go to the right hand side of this site to the links category “radio stations” and click on your local or national station and ask to hear some of the tunes. “Trickster” is the first single. Mr Wogan and Mr Anderson and Mr Darcy in particular…thank you

no resits this year…

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So I passed all my exams. The relief of not having the summer spoiled by looming resits is wonderful.

We played a gig in the lovely Spirit Store in Dundalk last night, so a big thank you to the wonderful crowd who turned up and bought CDs and bopped around. The comedy value was high and I think Gentry has sold enough cds to pay his clamping fine 100 times over. One of the Tuesday Night men, Peter, turned up, a little blast from the past, so it was great to see him.

And Ok, Ok, no more nurofen…the shoulder is a bit better now, Aidan did his thing yesterday and I will check out the anti-inflammatory foods Steve. Thats another thing I feel a bit guilty about, living on chicken burgers over the last few weeks. Oh well.

Reviews for “People Have Names”

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Belfast Telegraph
JULIET TURNER: People Have Names
(Hear This) 4 Stars ****

You’d be hard pushed to find a flaw in Juliet Turner’s musical armoury.
The Omagh-born songstress has usually delivered in both recording studio and stage. She‚Äôs a natural at encapsulating a marriage between folk and the singer-songwriter genre. “Season of the Hurricane” from 2004 was an excellent body of work ‚Äî but since then she‚Äôs swapped the studio for the lecture hall and gone back to Trinity College Dublin to do a four-year degree in speech and language therapy.
Fast forward to 2008 and Turner has just made the album of her life.
People Have Names is a quite stunning collection of material — gorgeously presented by simple, sumptuous arrangements that are underpinned by Turner’s delicate vocal chords. The single Trickster is among the many highlights, but the two outstanding tracks are High Hopes and the opener Invisible to the Eye.

HotPress Music Magazine ****
Irish Maverick is Album of the Year Contender.

Whereas many of her contemporaries have lost momentum, their best work behind them, Juliet Turner’s fourth studio album is an intoxicating example of an adventurous artist moving forward, discovering fresh topics, literate themes and intriguing sounds with which to tease her artistic muse. “Invisible to the Eye” is a striking song with Turner’s voice at its most sublime. The Cohenish “High Hopes” looks at the vicissitudes of love, “Elder of the Tribe” focuses on contrasting generational differences, while the unsettling, country-tinged “Tuesday Night Ladies” – boasting a particularly exquisite vocal from Turner – is a graphic depiction of modern lives lived with no direction home. Despite the slow tempo, “Joy” is uplifting and brash, with a self-confident sweet swagger, but “Trickster” is the real gem, a deceptively catchy tune with the refrain “What do you mean you don’t like shopping? What do you mean you don’t watch TV?”.

Keith Lawless’s production, drizzled with warm strings and splashes of accordian and brass, brings a seductive and uncluttered feel to a bunch of songs that Turner seems to have been tenderly nurturing for a while. “People Have Names” is about as faultless as it gets and is a serious contender for album of the year. (Jackie Hayden)

Sunday 22 June: Sunday Life – JULIET TURNER – People Have Names (Hear This!):
Turner has quietly evolved into one of our best singer/songwriters, and this fourth album, with a rich production and an increasingly sophisticated musical palette, may just be her best yet. Its songs are personal snapshots that reflect on the hard, bitter truths of life and are suffused with an air of sadness and regret that chime perfectly with the melancholy edge to Turner’s voice.

Irish Times four stars. ****.

“Just as Juliet Turner’s palate for life’s sweet and salty moments has evolved, so her palette of sound has rumbled onwards as well, and her appreciation for life’s minor chords has grown. The title track (left to the end of the album, where it can seep into the subconscious) is a thought provoking meditation on life’s defining qualities: “It’s the work of a life time to love and be loved in return, to love to the end”. Lyrically, Turner’s attention turns to the big and small ticket stories; loneliness (Tuesday Night Ladies), romance (High Hopes) and the contradictions of youth and age (The Elder of the Tribe). Arrangements are spacious and unforced, with suitably tinted brass and strings, and Turner’s wisdom in letting her cds percolate for olympian periods is palpable on this gloriously taut collection”. (Sinead Long)

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