A few words about us

One foot firmly in the Blues & soaking up the influences of Funk, Soul & Jazz, The Turnaround creates a completely original sound! Energy & Passion that embodies the greats of Motown, Memphis & New Orleans while creating a bridge between hard core blues lovers and devotees of funk, jazz and pop! The Turnaround is a contemporary blues band sucking up the soul of the past to take blues into the future!

Rewarded for their innovation with award nominations in Australia and internationally,  the band performs at venues and festivals in and around Southeast Queensland.

Previously known as 'The Lucky Lips Band', 2020 heralded a “re brand"  as “The Turnaround” with the release of their self titled album. 12 original tracks launched during a standout show at The Triffid in Brisbane. On air now across Australia and overseas! Listen to it here! 

https://donnahouriganandtheluckylipsband.bandcamp.com/album/the-turnaround
 

Original Debut

A word from lead vocalist Donna Hourigan: "Stepping back to 2019, we released debut EP “Talk the Talk” as The Lucky Lips Band. What a ride that was!  We're thrilled to have reach #6 on the Australian Blues & Roots Charts and know that folks Australia wide listen to our original tunes; not to mention that the EP is on playlists through Europe & the USA!  The single "Talk the Talk" made the semi finals of the International Songwriters Competition and the finals of the Australian Blues Music "CHAIN" awards!  Not bad for a debut hey?!"

Festivals and gigs

Fave Brissie' venues include: The Royal Mail Hotel; The Brooklyn StandardThe Walrus Club; The Mount Gravatt Marketta; and Bramble Bay Bowls

The Turnaround live experience is high energy! Just ask the crowd twisting and jiving in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall for 2019's International Blues Music Day festival. A huge response at 2019's Jazz & Jumpers in July festival garnered an invite to play again in 2021. Despite COVID rocking the live music boat, the band were warmly welcomed at the 2021 Ipswich Christmas festival.  

The Turnaround's playlist reads like a "Who's Who" of Blues and R&B/soul:  get down n’ dirty with greats like Rufus Thomas, Susan Tedeschi, Robben Ford or Big Mamma Thornton. Get funky with R&B legends like The Temptations, Ruth Brown or Aretha Franklyn; the list goes on. Laced with the bands original music, that hooks you from the first verse!

If you’re a fan of fun, high energy entertainment, and top quality musicianship…buy a CD, download or stream our music and come to a gig...we'll show you a good time!

High energy, contemporary blues! “...a voice that can be flirty or powerful, tough & sassy!” Blues in the South – United Kingdom

Band Members

Donna Hourigan

Lead Vocals/Guituar/Keyboard

A vocalist with a 3 octave range, Donna is loved by audiences wherever she performs. Donna's amazing vocal versatility allows her to cover a wide range of material from Blues, Jazz, RnB & Soul.

Donna is a passionate songwriter. Along with the members of The Turnaround, she released the debut EP “Talk the Talk” in April 2019. This EP entered the Australian Blues and Roots Charts at number 9, rising to number 6 and remaining in the top 25 for 4 months. The title track reached the semi-finals of the International Songwriters competition "Unsigned Only" and the finals of the Australian Blues Music "CHAIN" awards in the "New Talent of the Year" category.

Donna has performed at various blues venues and corporate events at venues such as The Queensland Performing Arts Centre & at festivals such as the Mitchell Creek Rock & Blues Fest. and The Amy Winehouse Tribute Show. With The Turnaround, Donna has also appeared at The International Blues Music Day Festival, Blues on Broadbeach Festival, The Bayside Blues Festival and Jumpers and Jazz in July.

Darren Griffiths

Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals

Self-taught, Darren Griffiths is well-renowned for his ability to lock in with the rhythm section and a much sought after freelance bass player.

He has recorded with various local artists and toured Eastern Queensland, supporting groups like Dragon, Darryl Braithwaite and The Choir Boys. Darren’s very solid, and yet, smooth grooves & inventive bass lines has attracted many recording artists, as well as countless fill-in working bands.

He has also been a member of of many premium bands such as Jukebox Heroes, Rush Hour, Paradigm, Robot, and many other agency related groups.

Darren is passionate about all aspects of, not only his craft, but making The Turnaround the first name for entertainment in Blues and RnB music.

Joel Hourigan

Lead Guitarist/Backing Vocals

Joel is a highly motivated and talented young man. AMEB certified to Grade 7 on piano, Joel took to guitar like the proverbial duck to water.

Having mastered the intricacies of several production programs and recording studio equipment he writes and produces his own original material.

The most recent addition to The Turnaround his contribution to our forthcoming album has been invaluable.

Jasper Warmington

Drums/Percussion

A natural, exactly who you want in the ‘engine room’, Jasper is a master at laying down the groove & driving the solid blues & R&B feel of The Turnaround.

Queensland based, Jasper’s versatility & passion for teaching & performing, make him a perfect fit.

He is a graduate of the Jazz Music Institute and has played in an eclectic assortment of hardworking original and covers bands; most recently “Scotch & Cider” an Americana tribute; “The Wet Fish” a blend of surf rock & 50’s covers; & “Dishpan Hands” one of Brisbane’s premier blues outfits. Jasper also teaches percussion at Sonos School of Music.

He’s a natural with switching “feels” from Blues, to R&B, to Funk, to Jazz etc. Just what The Turnaround is all about!