NEIL ADAM AND JUDY TURNER   -  BIOGRAPHY

Judy started The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club in 1995. Here they are playing two of Judy's original tunes live at The Australian National Folk Festival, Canberra, 2018.

Neil introduces and sings his song 'Homecoming'

Neil sings The Lea Rig, a Burns song, with the Fiddle Club at Hawthorn Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, with Jess Foot playing Cor Anglais. String arrangement and fiddle solo by Judy.

BIOGRAPHY

 

Neil Adam and Judy Turner have been a force in the Australian folk world for 25 years. Before that, their histories included playing in seminal bands such as Silly Wizard in Scotland (N) and renowned Australian bands Captain Moonlight and Paradiddle (J). Over the years, they have performed in Australia, New Zealand and UK as a duo, established and for 20 years ran the ground breaking multi-award winning community ‘super-group’ The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, made a dozen albums, and for some years led a family band. They have performed at many folk festivals across Australia. Their songs have featured on ABC National Radio, and they are included in Macca’s collection of his favourite tracks from 20 years of his show. (For non-Australian readers, Macca's 'Australia All Over' national radio show is Australia's biggest audience radio show). Recent ventures include more Fiddle Club CDs, a recording with The Homegrown Quartet of Judy's music, the publication of a book of her original tunes, and a compilation album called Collaborations, made up of 20 tracks from their extensive back catalogue together, made in collaboration with artists from Australia, UK and Spain.

 

The Robert Louis Stevenson Show first saw the light of day in 2014, and has been well received by audiences in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and the U.K. at music venues, book festivals, libraries and other venues including Stevenson's homes in Samoa and Edinburgh. The show has toured in UK every year since 2014, most recently in a sell-out two week season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019. Neil and Judy also recently returned to Samoa to play at the 25th. anniversary celebrations of the opening of the Stevenson home Vailima as a museum.

 

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REVIEWS      

“A highlight of the festival was the stunning and dynamic collaboration between master guitarist Neil Adam and fiddler extraordinaire Judy Turner… as a duo they held the audience spellbound.” Dave McFarlane, Coordinator  Dandenong Ranges Music Festival

 

“People shouldn’t be allowed to be that good” Jamie McKew  Director, Port Fairy Folk Festival

 

“Neil Adam sings like an angel and Judy Turner plays the fiddle like a demon” Verona Burgess, Canberra Times

 

"World class! Judy produces the most beautiful violin tone you are ever likely to hear. Neil has a unique DADGAD style and what a great player!  I loved Neil's well crafted songs about everyday events and people he has met.” New Zealand Folk Review, after Canterbury Festival

 

"Neil Adam is a major Australian talent.. these lyrics have the concentration of fine poetry"  Bruce Gillespie , The Melburnian

 

"Great music and great musicianship that stands up to any international  comparison"  Tykes News, UK folk music magazine

 

“A fabulous CD … faultless from beginning to end . . . consumate artistry . . .hair-raisingly powerful . . . an outstanding album”    Infocus Magazine, Adelaide

“Intelligent songs and rich, lyrical fiddling”  - Folk Roots Magazine, UK

 

“I was captivated by Neil’s singing style and his fresh view of…. Australian life… Judy provides  subtle complimentary accompaniments and has contributed a lovely air… a soothing interlude in the midst of sometimes funny, sometimes hair raising story telling” Cornstalk Gazette, N.S.W.

 

“Performers on the edge of great things…..fine songwriting…this CD rewards the listener with musicianship and charm. We will doubtless hear more…..My Australian Album of the Year” Graham McDonald, Canberra Times about Telling Tales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOURS

2019 .              Edinburgh Fringe Season - sell-out : Samoa and New Zealand.

2018                New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland - Sing Me A Song

2017                U.K – Sing Me A Song

2015                Scotland - Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club

2014                U.K.- Sing Me A Song

2012                Victoria – Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club

2010                NSW - Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club

2009                New Zealand – duo

2008                Tasmania - Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club

2007                New Zealand – New Dogs Old Tricks

2005                New Zealand - Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club

2003                New Zealand – trio

 

SHOWS– a selection from the many festivals, music venues, literary and book festivals, book shops, public libraries and museums. 

A bit of history:
Neil sings his song 'Yellow Shoes' solo at Georgetown Festival, Tasmania in 1997

Apollo Bay Music Festival, Victoria, Australia

Benbecula Public Library, UK

Brunswick Music Festival, Victoria

Canterbury Folk Festival, New Zealand

Carlisle Book Festival, UK

Cygnet Folk Festival, Tasmania

Dandenong Ranges Music Festival, Victoria

Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh

Fairbridge Folk Festival, West Australia

Georgetown Folk Festival, Tasmania

Geelong Celtic Festival, Victoria

Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW

Jamberoo (NSW) Folk Festival, NSW

Kiama Australian Music Festival, NSW

Major’s Creek Music Festival, ACT

Maldon Folk Festival, Victoria

Melbourne Folk Club, Victoria

Maleny Winter Celtic School, Queensland

National Celtic Festival, Victoria

National Folk Festival. ACT

 

Fairfield House Museum, Nelson, NZ

Newstead Live! Victoria

North Berwick Public Library, UK

Port Fairy Folk Festival, Victoria

Queenscliff Music Festival, Victoria

Ringwood Folk Club, Victoria

Scottish Storytelling Festival, Edinburgh

Scots Club, Christchurch, New Zealand

Stornaway Museum nan Eilean Uist & Barra, Lewis, UK

Entertainment at Australian Grand Prix

Te Awamutu Public Library. New Zealand

The Boite Music Club, Melbourne

Troubadour Music Festival, Victoria

Ulverston Coronation Hall, UK

Victor Harbour Folk Festival. South Australia

Vailima Stevenson Museum, Samoa

Wellington Folk Festival, New Zealand

Wellington Music Club, New Zealand

Whare Flat Folk Festival, New Zealand

Wigtown Book Festival, UK

Woodford Folk Festival, QLD

Collaboration with Chris Stone and Holly Downes, Newstead Music Festival