Turner and Kirwan of Wexford’s lost 70’s classic from New York City is finally available here, and only here. It is not available through any of the streaming services, and if you buy it, you are buying it directly from the artist, no one else. To order in advance, Just click on the cover and send it into your cart.
Caught between Irish Folk roots, psychedelic adventure and the advent of punk coming out of CBGB’s. These two young Irish emigrants, Turner and Kirwan of Wexford, stayed true to their stubborn belief that music should not be compromised for anyone, or anything. Not for fans or fashion, that’s why this album takes off in several directions. And in 1977 when Absolutely and Completely was released, NYC Radio was equally adventurous. Turner and Kirwan fit in somewhere between the new Bands that were heading towards Punk, like Roxy Music /Talking Heads and the more vintage artists like David Bowie and Pink Floyd, who were to transcend the yoke of progressive music.
Even the name Turner and Kirwan of Wexford was uncompromising. Where is Wexford? A small town in the South East of Ireland. How is it pronounced? Who’s gonna remember a name like that? let alone say it. They didn’t care, that’s where they were from, and if they could grow up singing about American places that they had never heard or seen, why couldn’t the world learn how to pronounce Wexford!
Was this wise, probably not? But the thing that Larry Kirwan and Pierce Turner feared most was selling out. Labels were interested, but they were half afraid to deal with these two stubborn Irish men. That’s why this record has been lost since then, it was the underground Radio hit of the year in NYC, and it has rapidly risen in value on the Internet. Now you can have it on CD, and to boot they are including a bonus of some early recordings made by Pierce Turner and Larry Kirwan before this album, including a never heard before track called “Adoremus” from a Space Opera that intrigued David Bowie.
Be transported back to NYC 1977, and hear where the city stood musically at the time, eclectic and in the throes of change. And spend some time with this duo, affectionately known as ‘Larry and Pierce’ who brought so much pleasure to so many New Yorkers.