Ireland’s finest songwriter Pierce Turner, formerly voted Ireland’s solo performer of the year, is planning on performing an array of his favorite classic Irish songs for the first time ever. Even though he has been lauded for his inventive contemporary compositions, his roots were actually sown in the soil of Irish folk songs and classical music as a boy soprano. Turner’s monologues and storytelling are directly linkable to Ireland’s history of yarning, mingling this with classic Irish folk songs will be a natural brew of potent joy, laughter and love. Turner who has performed with Philip Glass, Patty Smith and Iggy Pop, is sure to delightfully push the envelope. This will be an opportunity to truly enjoy St Patrick’s Day with great songs and wit, in the presence of the man the BBC referred to as “Joyce with a Voice.”
Turner will be backed by Avon Faire and Fred Parcells (ex-Black 47).
“Like his songs, Turner’s live shows are spellbinding: his grip on an audience is so tight he leaves fingerprints.” -Sunday Times
"For many a strange moon, Pierce Turner has been creating some of the most indescribably odd and luminous and beautiful music anywhere - for the Old Weird Ireland, he is something close to a national treasure."- Kevin Barry
"Easily one of the most important Irish artists of the last twenty years" -The Irish Times
"…a cross between David Bowie and Joni Mitchell" -Rolling Stone Magazine
“Pierce Turner is a storyteller, soul man, poet, heartbreaker, with the voice of a choirboy high on rocket fuel. His songs sound like nobody else's. A true and beautiful and utterly unique artist.” - Joseph O’Connor
"Later in the evening the Irish man Pierce Turner performed the soaring Yogi With A Broken Heart, accompanied by Philip Glass on keyboard" - Jon Pareles, New York Times