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Pierce Turner Ensemble Encore
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church
New York, NY
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Complimentary Wine and food in the basement afterwards.


Pierce Turner Ensemble Encore
Having recorded his latest album "Love Can't Always Be Articulate" in this Church earlier this year.  Award winning Irish musician/singer/songwriter Pierce Turner is returning for his second live performance there with his enemble of vocalists, trombone,guitar,drums, percussion, grand piano and the Church Organ itself (sounding like ten musicians)  The first performance was such a resoundig success both musically and financially - a benefit for the repair of the wonderful stained glass ceiling in this beautiful Chapel dating back to 1850 when it was designed by the same architect as the original Met - "You can tell" say's Pierce Turner "It's the sweetest sounding room I have ever performed in" The ceiling is now back in place, but the substantial bill is as great as the glass itself.  The Irish Times wrote "Pierce Turner is easily one of the most imprtant Irish Artists of the last 20 years" his unique blend of emotionally charged folk/rock/baroque truly excells in this environment.  Featuring Andriette Redmann, Kath Green, John Rokosny, Mark Brotter, Fred Parcells and Zach Dean.

* The Penguin Book Rough Guide to Irish Music says;

There is no one in the whole wide world of music quite like Pierce Turner; a unique visionary, the owner of a voice that drips emotion, a consummate lyricist and the creator of tunes which are both complex and accessible.  Born and raised in Wexford town, Pierces musical journey began as a boy soprano in his school choir and regularly sang in the local festival, an experience he describes as Like living in a Catholic version of Pet Sounds (The Beach Boys classic album).  Plainsong was a formative influence, but the young Turner was developing his love of song through Emmetspiceland and Tir Na Nog, while never losing his affection for the tunes of Carolan and the work of Sean ORiada.  He was also learning the clarinet and piano and listening to The Beatles, Dylan and Pink Floyd.  Spells in various beat groups, and folk rock groups ensued before he and long time friend, (and future Black 47 singer/guitarist) Larry Kirwan set off for New York Just to escape the restrictions of Ireland and my own self-inflicted restrictions.  They had a minor radio hit as a duo before forming a new wave band, The Major Thinkers and nearly made it with a song called Avenue B is the place to be.
Tiring of the scene, Pierce began composing instrumentals for modern dance and became friends with avant-garde composer Philip Glass.  They headed for London and secured a record deal resulting in the album Its Only a long way across (1986), co-produced  by Philip Glass, which included the classic Wicklow Hills (covered by Christy Moore) and Turners droll account of Wexford gossip, Musha God help her.  Pierce next began collaborating with trombonist, Fred Parcells  resulting in a new depth to his sound, some astonishing live performances and 1989s stunning The Sky and the Ground.  Even this, however, was surpassed by Now is Heaven, an album ridiculously overlooked by both critics and punters, and containing Turners best-ever song, All Messed Up, an exploration of personal confusion which draws on the flute of Seamus Egan to enhance the melodys traditional roots.  Since then Pierce has released four further albums, 1996s live Manana in Manhattan the following years superb Angelic Language, 2001s Three Minute World which was voted One of the hundred greatest Irish albums of all time  and 2004s The Boy to be with to great critical acclaim in the Irish Times.
Record companies and record stores have problems categorizing Pierce (one Irish shop currently stocks his releases in the Sean-Nos section!), but the mans talent is unstoppable and deserves a far wider audience. The high points of his career have been collected on the comprehensive The Compilation (1998 Beggars Banquet).

Just buy, listen and marvel.

Geoff Wallis


Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church (View)
155 E 22nd Street, corner of 3rd ave
New York, NY 10010
United States


Music > Celtic
Music > Folk
Music > Rock
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!



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