“Alister is a songwriter of the highest order and a sign that the future of Australian blues is in good hands.” – Lloyd Spiegel, Premier Endorsee Cole Clark Guitars.
“It’s refreshing to witness live a craftsman at work and Alister Turrill playing his lap steel guitar is one of those unique experiences.” Michael Carrucan, Former Director of Queenscliff Music Festival.
It would be a generalisation to group 23 year old Alister Turrill with other young roots players. His playing style blends a true form of blues with complex song writing seldom seen in someone so young.
Alister won the 2011 Melbourne Youth in Blues award and as a result has been taking guidance from Australia’s most respected blues artists. He’s shared the stage with Jeff Lang, Geoff Achison and Lloyd Spiegel on several occasions and has supported the likes of Charlie Parr (US), Ash Grunwald, Kim Churchill, Steve Smyth, Tim Freedman and Shane Howard.
The raw, uninhibited honesty of his song writing became evident upon the release of his 2013 debut album Reverence & Resonance (produced by Australian blues legend Lloyd Spiegel), and saw him begin to charm crowd after crowd at each of his performances.
2015 has sparked the formation of Alister Turrill & The Vagabond Brothers, a trio made complete with the addition of Toby Johnson on Drums and Jaron Mulholland on Bass. The energetic new single ‘Road To The Grave’ was released at this year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival.
With passion, drive and a life long love for authentic music, the best is truly yet to come for Alister Turrill & The Vagabond Brothers.