SMOOVE & TURRELL
Smoove & Turrell are a world renowned band hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne. Their music is born out of what was once the heartland of heavy industry, giving them a raw and unforgettable sound now known as “Northern Funk”. Lead singer John Turrell has been compared to the likes of Paul Weller, Cee Lo Green, Joe Cocker, Michael McDonald and fellow Geordie Eric Burdon but the band as a whole have their own individual take on Soul.
Gritty and powerful, the band make no attempt to sound or look like anyone else – not for them the sharp suits and trumpet twirls of some of their peers. Instead you get a wildly talented and vital crew of larger than life Geordie lads taking their rightful place on the international soul scene having already become figureheads within the UK.
For those that don’t know – the band and the name came about by the joining of forces between DJ/ Producer Smoove and singer John Turrell. A chance introduction and a plan to do one record together quickly grew into a band that has played massive festival stages worldwide and become one of the UK’s most loved soul acts.
It’s through their dedication to live performance that Smoove & Turrell have really built solid foundations though. Playing at some of the biggest festivals in the UK and Europe (including Glastonbury, Bestival and Trans Musicales in France), plus support slots with the likes of Chic (Nile Rodgers) and Charles Bradley, and worldwide tours in 2015, 2016 and 2017 that has allowed the band to gain a huge and dedicated fan base that only hard work can deliver.
“Buzzy, danceable, contemporary northern soul” - THE GUARDIAN
"To say Smoove & Turrell are one of the greatest modern Soul acts to emerge from the UK would be an understatement.” - CRAIG CHARLES (BBC 6 MUSIC)