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Welcome to the homepage of Australian blues musician Dom Turner.

Dom Turner is best known as guitarist/vocalist, founding member and key songwriter of the iconic Australian blues group, The Backsliders. Dom’s influences are many and varied – a blend of delta blues, piedmont blues, rock, dub and sounds of Asia. He is a highly regarded speaker on blues music and has guested on ABC radio programs (including guest presenting Radio National’s ‘Music Deli’) and presented music workshops at festivals and in universities (both nationally and internationally). In 2004 Dom was voted ‘Blues Songwriter of the Year’ at the Australian Blues Awards.

As well as over 30 years of recording and performing blues in Australia and internationally with the Backsliders, Dom has embarked on a variety...

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Tour Dates

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Backsliders

The Backsliders Tour Dates

Dom Turner & Ian Collard

Dom Turner & Ian Collard Tour Dates

Dom Turner and Supro

Dom Turner and Supro Tour Dates

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Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner

Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner

Arguably America’s foremost harmonica virtuoso, Phil Wiggins, first met, shared stages and became friends with Dom Turner in the late 1980’s on the first ‘Cephas & Wiggins’ Australian tour and have had a mutual musical appreciation ever since. Guitarist / Vocalist, Dom Turner is well-known for his almost 3 decades of work with one of Australia’s leading blues acts, Backsliders.

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Backsliders

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2011 ARIA Blues and Roots nominees and I-Tunes Australian Blues and Roots album of the year winners, Backsliders have been playing, touring the festival circuit and recording for 25 years. Despite this maturity, the latest release, ‘Starvation Box’ heralded as their best to date, has been described as sounding like “hungry youths from the Deep South”. Their sound melds driving Delta and Mississippi Hill country blues sounds with original 21st Century new blues anthems.

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Dom Turner and Ian Collard

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Working as a Guitar/Harmonica duo, Dom Turner and Ian Collard strip the music back to its rural beginnings. At the heart of their sound is the north Mississippi hill-country music of Mississippi Fred McDowell and Johnny Woods mixed in with the pre-war blues sounds of artists such as Skip James, Blind Willie Mc Tell and Lead Belly.

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Dom Turner and Supro

Dom Turner and Supro

Dom Turner and Supro are a mixture of three-parts blues, two parts surf-rock, a heavy spoonful of dub laced with a splash of Tabasco spiced New Orleans funk, all blended with a helping of Tex-Mex jalapenos, salt, reverb and voices from the dead and traditionally served with your choice of ice cold beer.

The sound is an eclectic mix of blues, surf, funk & dub that crashes head on with ghost-like voices of the dead. The band combines old and new, living and dead to create a sound that is a mix of blues, surf and dub. ‘Dom Turner and Supro’ have rocked audiences at numerous festivals including East Coast Blues Festival, the Australian Blues Festival and the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.

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Kim Sinh and Dom Turner

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Legendary multi-instrumentalist, Kim Sinh, born 1930 in Hanoi, Vietnam, lost his sight when he was 3 months old. Kim began following music form a young age, learning a variety of string instruments in the process including lap steel (Hawaiian slide) guitar. As well as traditional Vietnamese instruments, Kim is a master of the lap slide guitar, playing Vietnamese melodies in a solo instrumentalist style, combining complex melodies with strong baselines, a method that draws comparisons in the western world to Piedmont style blues artists of southern USA.

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Angry Tradesmen

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Rob Hirst & Dom Turner, the dirty, amped-up, fuzzed-out guitar/drum outfit who are “the Angry Tradesmen” Their debut album, ‘Beat the House’, was made independently, with zero assistance from their friends in low places (except for James Cadsky’s mighty mixing and William Bowden’s magic mastering). The simple idea, spawned in the 90’s, has devolved into a monster. After an urgent frenzy of song-smithing and demo-ing, the Angry Tradesmen have arrived.

The sound?  Tonal psychopaths playing the shelf-life out of a vintage drum kit,  and a bunch of Japanese and US made 60’s electric guitars – thumping kick drum, soupy electric slide guitar, and chunky rock-riffs – all the while pumping out crunchy harmonies over the top.’

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