Stuart Turner (musician)
- For the British television character, see Stuart Turner (The Bill).
|Birth name||Stuart Turner|
|Born||Bournemouth, Dorset, England|
|Genres||Blues, folk, alternative|
|Associated acts||The Flat Earth Society, Brigadier Ambrose|
Stuart Turner (born Bournemouth, Dorset, England) is an English alternative blues singer. He now lives in Medway, Kent. Having formed a band and signed with the independent record label, Brigadier Records, Stuart Turner & The Flat Earth Society released the album Gin & Bitters in July 2010.
Sun Pier and early performances
Though being an active musician for a number of years, and playing with a number of different local musicians, Turner's first official solo release came on Sun Pier Records, a Chatham based record label distributed by Cargo, and formed by friend and fellow musician Kris Dollimore, ex-guitarist with The Damned. Turner produced Dollimore's debut Sun Pier release (02/01/1978) in 2006, writing a song on it ("The North Kent Post Industrial Hillstomp Blues") which received national airplay on BBC Radio Two. Turner's own solo appeared a few months later with his debut album, A Gallon of Water Makes a Mile of Fog, which one critic described as "packed full of ideas". Turner supported Dollimore in gigs around England and spent 2006 and 2007 playing shows in a diverse selection of venues, including bowling alleys, cabaret clubs and Swedish festivals, which one reviewer described as "scaring the living daylights out of the assembled crowd with his spooky folk blues". Turner's second album, File Under Carnal Knowledge, was described a freight train riding back bar room down at heel blues", and released on Sun Pier in February 2009.
Gin & Bitters
Turner formed The Flat Earth Society in 2009 to record and perform his third album, Gin & Bitters. The album was released on CD and digital download in July 2010, through the independent Brigadier Records. The band added "steam driven power" to his "anguished urban blues", and provided the opportunity for live performances around the South East of England, including the Lounge On The Farm festival.
Turner & The Flat Earth Society performed gigs to the end of 2010, including a Christmas ball at Oxford University. A live version of "Murder On Gaslight Street" was made available for free download via Medway Eyes in October 2010, whilst Brigadier Records released the Gin & Bitters album tracks, "Shimmy" and "South Sea Blues" as radio promos in December that year.
- A Gallon of Water Makes a Mile of Fog (October 2007, Sun Pier)
- File Under Carnal Knowledge (February 2009, Sun Pier)
- Gin & Bitters (with The Flat Earth Society) (July 2010, Brigadier)
- "London" (radio promo only) (May 2010, Brigadier)
- "Essex" (radio promo only) (July 2010, Brigadier)
- "Shimmy" / "South Sea Blues" (radio promo only) (December 2010, Brigadier)
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