PIERCE TURNER * Sunday, March 11 (Early Show) Asbury Cafe Presents Rock Acoustic feat. From Ireland / NYC, singer/songwriter/herder of cats, Pierce Turner * Easily one of the most important Irish artists of the last twenty years (4:15PM) / Avon Faire and special guests, Doors 3pm, $15 (In Advance) / $20 (Day Of Show), This is a Seated Show No Talking During the Performances show at THE SAINT.
Turner grew up in the port town of Wexford, where his mother ran a record shop and led her own band. A classically trained musician, by the age of seven he was a member of a traditional Irish tin-whistle group, and at eight, he was playing in a brass and reed orchestra. He also sang in his local church choir, and the influence of hymn and plain-chant singing has been evident throughout his later career.
His first professional job was as a musician with the pop showband The Arrows. He later moved to New York City and formed The Major Thinkers with fellow Wexfordian Larry Kirwan (now the frontman of Black 47), and recorded several acclaimed albums, also performing as Turner and Kirwan. Turner and Kirwan released two albums – Bootleg and Absolutely and Completely – the latter issued on the Cosmos label as well as a single "Neck and Neck"/"When Starlings Fly" recorded at Electric Lady Studios/New York and issued on the Audio-Fidelity subsidiary label Thimble in 1973. In 1978 Pierce and companion Larry Kirwan were offered to front a new version of The Ohio Express bubblegum band.