Harboured Sounds

Julia Turner

A jazz musician and keen storyteller Julia Turner is an inspiring and engaging performer. With finger picking guitar and velvet vocals Julia draws from a large repertoire of original songs and old but thrillingly fresh standards.

Julia Turner grew up in Bristol where she loved singing jazz from a young age. After studying at Leeds College of Music for three years she felt she needed an adventure to draw her out of the relative comfort of the city she’d played in for 4 years, something to challenge her as a person and an independent musician. She touched down in Melbourne in late 2011 and after romantic notions of being a waitress fell flat, decided to chuck in the regular wage and opt instead for the less stable but certainly challenging and exciting life of a busker. Spending her final pay check on a busking amp Julia took to the streets of Melbourne with her guitar and her jazz heart and lungs and didn’t look back.

Julia’s debut album City Synchronicity tells tales of the trials and tribulations of a year spent far from home learning to live and make honest music with a coin or two to spare. Topics explored include comic depictions of the woes of temporary jobs, unexpected synchronicity, the joys of making music and living in Coburg as well as honest accounts of the more difficult things that were thrown in her path.

Back here in the UK Julia continues to write and perform both as a solo musician and with back up from her Bristol-based band. She has a keen passion for vocal harmony and spends much of her time arranging for and directing large and small vocal ensembles.