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Dudley


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Quirky folk-tinged alternative pop

Status:

Most recent release, Doin' Jack, 1998

See also:

Household Ink's Dudley page

Comparisons:

There' something very early Jane Siberry-like about Ellen Turner's style

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Ellen Turner's voice is a dead ringer for Jane Siberry, and many of the songs remind me strongly of Siberry's early quirky folky work. All of the albums are a little uneven but there are gems on each one. The songs are mostly low-key, focusing on Turner's appealing vocal performance and lyrics. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Doin' Jack

Recordings:


Public Nudism

Release info:

1994—Household Ink

Availability:

See Household Ink's Dudley page

Ecto priority:

Recommended for quirky folkpop fans

Group members:

Ellen Turner—vocals, acoustic guitar

Guest artists:

Joe Woodard—electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Bruce Winter—bass, Leslie organ, backing vocals, organ, flute, piano, keyboards, shaker
Chris Symer—bass
Tom Lackner—drums, percussion
Rob Taylor—electric guitar, weird noise
Erik Herzog—drums
Jesse Rhodes—electric guitar
Glen Phillips—electric guitar
Robinson Elkenberry—weird noises
Nate Birkey—trumpet
Dirk Shumaker—bass
Jay Molnar—piano
Mick Flowers—drums

Produced by:

Bruce Winter and Ellen Dudley Turner, one track by Robinson Eikenberry and Rob Taylor, 2 tracks co-produced by Rob Taylor

Comments:

This is a fairly good beginning, but later albums have more distinctive and interesting songs to my ear. (Neile)

Are Our Oars Out?

Release info:

1995—Household Ink Records—HI-116

Availability:

Household Ink's Dudley page

Ecto priority:

Recommended for quirky folkpop fans

Group members:

Ellen Turner—vocals, acoustic guitar
Joe Woodward—electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Tom Lackner—drums, percussion
Christ Symer—acoustic bass, electric bass

Produced by:

Dudley & Bruce Wirter

Comments:

A mix of the less memorable and some really intriguing, quirky songs. My favourites here are "Her Own Nightmare" and "Maybe It's Time"—their intriguing melody lines and lyrics really stick in my mind. (Neile)

Doin' Jack

Release info:

1998—Household Ink—HI123

Availability:

Household Ink's Dudley page

Ecto priority:

Recommended for quirky folkpop fans

Group members:

Ellen Turner—vocals, guitar
Joe Woodward—guitar
Tom Lackner—drums
Christ Symer—bass

Guest artists:

Bruce Winter—recorders, organ, clavinet on 3 tracks
Sally Barr—violin on 1 track
Nate Birkey—trumpet on 1 track
Jennifer Terran—vocals on 1 track

Produced by:

Wayne Sabback and Dudley

Comments:

I think this is the strongest of their three albums so far. For me it's the songwriting that makes the difference—almost all of the songs here have things to recommend them to my ears. (Neile)

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