PROFILE

Mundy – Turner Duo

Mundy-Turner’s musical journey is a celebration of collaboration; Brisbane-native Cath Mundy & the UK’s Jay Turner have been singing, song-writing, performing, recording & touring internationally together for nearly twenty years.

The duo’s live shows feature beautiful voices, sizzling close harmonies, songs to make your spine tingle, and fine instrumental work on fiddle, guitar, piano, ukulele, percussion & mandolin.

As songwriters & interpreters, Cath & Jay tap into the rich vein of contemporary & traditional folk-roots music of Britain and Australia to create a sound & style that is fresh, powerful & uniquely Mundy-Turner.

Their music tells stories of real people and places with affecting pathos, delightful humour and natural exuberance.  (Cath is also well-known for her hilariously masterful impersonation of a Kookaburra.)

It’s no wonder the duo has been reviewed as “one of the most vibrant live acts on the acoustic/folk scene“.

 

Mundy – Turner Band

Mundy-Turner Band: Jay Turner, Cath Mundy, Jon Filmer & Chris Powell

Mundy-Turner Band: Jay Turner, Cath Mundy, Jon Filmer & Chris Powell. Photo by Vincent Swift.

Stunning original songs, soaring vocal harmonies, rockin’ rhythms….

Launched at the Logan Art Gallery in November 2013, the Mundy-Turner Band are making waves on the live acoustic music scene around South-East Queensland, garnering rave reviews wherever they perform.

M-T Band feature Cath & Jay’s signature close-harmony vocals, driving acoustic guitar, fiddle and piano with the added depth and rhythm of Jono Filmer‘s drum-kit/backing vocals & Chris Powell‘s bass guitar.

The repertoire draws mainly on Cath & Jay’s impressive canon of original material, plus a sprinkling of interesting covers (you’ll love their 3-part bluegrass harmonies on Trevor Lucas’s iconic Ballad of Ned Kelly).

Plans for a Mundy-Turner Band album are being made for 2015.

The Band are available for bookings at festivals, events and quality music venues around SE Qld (and possibly beyond, by negotiation :))

If you like your folk rocked, you will love the Mundy-Turner Band.

Audience reviews:

“I saw the Mundy Turner Band live today. If you like your folk rocked, this is where you’ll be.” 
“Thanks for performing at Coast Acoustics today, you guys sounded awesome!”
“Thank you for such a Great afternoon… you guys really do rock!!!  You are one of the most engaging, entertaining bands I have seen in ages.” 
“Thank you Cath, Jay and crew – it was an absolutely spellbinding performance from Mundy Turner at Folk Redlands – no-one wanted to leave!”
“Folk Rock fantastic!  They toured with Fairport Convention, no wonder. WHAT A SHOW!”

His & Her – S t o r y

Formed in Australia in 1995, Cath & Jay have been based in many places: Cairns, Brisbane (Cath’s birthplace), the UK (Jay’s birthplace) in Derbyshire (their son’s birthplace).  Finally, with the arrival of son Joshua, the Mundy-Turner family has proudly made Logan, South-East Queensland their new home-base.

Together the duo have recorded six albums, with their latest folk album Ha’penny Tweedle honoured in 2009, having a track selected by British MP David Davis for Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio Four, one of Britain’s most enduring and popular national radio shows.  (The track was Jay’s poignant original song “Stealing My Democracy”)

Mundy-Turner have toured as support to such diverse acts as Irish pop-folk hot band The Corrs and English folk-rock legends Fairport Convention (see: Cath’s intriguing diary of this 30-show tour).  They have toured many countries in their own right from UK to Australia, New Zealand to Canada, Italy to Hong Kong, playing everything from intimate house concerts & acoustic venues to massive outdoor festivals for crowds of 20,000.  In 2009, the duo was featured in the line-up of the Q150 Shed Tour for Queensland’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

 

The Musical

In 2013, the duo staged the community theatre premiere of their rock ‘n’ roll musical Billy Buckett – A Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Story (set in Wickford, Essex, UK, co-scripted by the duo & Peter Cann, all original 1950s/60s-inspired songs by Jay) with Beenleigh Theatre Group at the Crete Street Theatre.  The show won FIVE awards at the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards in December 2013, including Best Musical Directors (Cath & Jay) and the Gold Palm Award for Most Nominated Production across all categories.  Publisher Stagescripts UK has signed the script for international licensing and plans are afoot for the first professional production of the show to be staged at a major performing arts venue in Brisbane, 2015.

 

The Band

In 2013, Cath & Jay expanded their duo line-up to include the drums and bass of Jono Filmer & Chris Powell both of who were an integral part of the stage band for Billy Buckett – The Asteroids.  The Mundy-Turner Band was launched with a concert at the Logan Art Gallery in November 2013.  See above for more info on the Band.

Mundy-Turner Band by Vincent Swift Photography

Mundy-Turner Band by Vincent Swift Photography.

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