Sum­mer-in­spired tour feels right at home in sun-drenched Wex­ford

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

WEX­FORD SINGER-SONG­WRITER Pierce Turner will play an in­ti­mate con­cert in Greenacres in Wex­ford on July 20 as part of his lat­est, aptly named, Or­ange Coloured Sun tour.

The tour is named af­ter one of his most pop­u­lar songs, which was in­spired by the hot sum­mer evenings of Pierce’s youth in Cur­r­a­cloe. He said he is de­lighted to be back in Wex­ford to en­joy a sum­mer that would ri­val the one that in­spired his song and he is look­ing for­ward to play­ing the beau­ti­ful piano at Greenacres, com­plete with walls of fine art as props.

Re­ferred to as ‘the Wex­ford Leg­end’ by DJ John Kelly, Pierce hopes to have a joy­ous evening of song and laugh­ter to ac­com­pany the glo­ri­ous weather.

Ear­lier this year, Pulitzer Prize win­ner poet Paul Mul­doon pre­sented Pierce Turner at his much-lauded Mul­doon’s Pic­nic in New York City. Shar­ing the stage that night with Fin­tan O’Toole and The Lost Broth­ers, Pierce per­formed his clas­sics ‘All Messed Up’ and ‘The Boy To Be With’ to a sold-out the­atre and an ec­static re­sponse. Paul also in­vited Pierce to play one of his shim­mer­ing key­board so­los with him and his band for the fi­nale.

Over the years, Pierce has gath­ered many fans in­clud­ing: Joseph O’Con­nor who re­ferred to him as ‘a true and beau­ti­ful and ut­terly unique artist’; Kevin Barry, who lauded his ‘in­de­scrib­ably odd and lu­mi­nous and beau­ti­ful mu­sic’; Jim Sheri­dan who said he’d been so in­spired by one of Pierce’s con­certs that it drove him on to make ‘My Left Foot’; Eoin Colfer, who wrote that he was the only artist to make him laugh and cry dur­ing the same song; and Billy Roche, who de­scribed his mu­sic as ‘Ray Davis meets Brian Wil­son with a lit­tle pinch of James Joyce’; as well as rave re­views from Terry Ge­orge and Liam Fay.

Pierce Turner will per­form at Greenacres Gallery on Fri­day, July 20 at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8.30 p.m. Tick­ets are avail­able from Greenacres or on­line. He will also play venues in Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny and Kil­dare.

ABOVE: Pierce Turner on a re­cent dip in the wa­ter at Cur­r­a­cloe. LEFT: Pierce on stage.

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