15 July 2015
Steve Turner comes from a family of singers and concertina players. His grandfather was known to have sung and played the instrument in the 1890s.
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” was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008. His latest 6th album “Rim of the Wheel” was released in spring 2012 and has received rave reviews – Daniel Kidman in N.E. Folk Roundabout called it “sheer genius a sure contender for one of my folk albums of 2012” This was backed up by many festival bookings and re-plays on the radio on the Mike Harding Show Radio 2 and Late Junction Radio 3 and a full page article in F/Roots in July 2012.
“A shining example of the music the British folk scene is capable of producing.”
“Traditional music lives! Steve shines as one of a handful of performers not merely continuing traditional music, but keeping it very much live. His deep, thoughtful interpretations really take you into the ballad.”
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