some fun gigs coming up – looking forward to playing the Market Place Theatre in Armagh on the 19th of January and the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh on the 26th January. Special guests are Stephen Macartney and Rachel Coulter from Farriers. Also a gig on the Jeanie Johnston tall ship in Dublin on the 2nd February and a gig in the Seamus Ennis Centre in Naul on 23rd February. See the tour dates page for booking details.
Tickets for the gig in the Black Box in Belfast on the 30th December are now sold out. There are some other gigs coming up including the Market Place Theatre in Armagh on the 19th January and Strule Arts Centre in Omagh on the 26th January, the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship in Dublin on the 2nd February and the Seamus Ennis Cultural centre in Naul on the 23rd February. See the tour dates section for booking details. I’m looking forward to seeing you at some of the gigs.
“The laughter, the talk, as we walk through the night air
that’s scented with wood smoke and pine.
The infinite distance of stars that remind us
that all our mistakes are now past”.
New Year’s Eve is often the most disappointing party night of the year. On the eve of the millennium, fed up with over-priced alcohol, drunken brawls and hanging about in the rain for a taxi home, the friends and family of singer-songwriter Juliet Turner decided to abandon style and party in comfort in an old cottage on the family farmland. Built in the early eighteen hundreds, the thatched roof was repaired, plumbing was installed, the diaspora were invited and accepted with alacrity. The alcohol was free, as long as people brought their own, and a gargantuan feast was provided in the farmhouse. Then folks climbed the hill to the old thatched cottage where the party pieces were dusted down, poetry and prose gushed forth, violins were scraped, trumpets blown and voices raised in wild and dissonant harmonies. A toast at midnight, hand shaking for the single people, kissing for the couples, and by twenty minutes past the hour, everyone had gone home to bed. It was such a success that the gathering has been repeated in the house at the top of the hill every new year’s eve since. “The House at the Top of the Hill” is the song behind the story.
The song was recorded in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast city centre, in the slow peace that dropped after the primary school children left off kicking their football against the church windows and went home for their tea. Stephen Macartney from folk band “Farriers” provided backing vocals, piano and guitar, and Gareth Hughes played double bass. The recording is as live and real and acoustic as they come, just the way the fans requested.
“The House at the Top of the Hill” is the first release from Turner’s new album, due out in 2013.
Juliet plays the Mills Inn in Ballyvourney on Fri 16th November. The inn is offering a special dinner, concert and B&B offer so click here to find out more. Another gig in Grove House, Schull on Sat 17th November and another At Culturlann UiChanain in Derry on the 23rd November. See Tour Dates for all booking details.