Taking Blues into the future!

Thriving on the influences of Motown, Memphis & New Orleans, The Turnaround takes the traditions of Blues, R&B and Soul and infuses them with a completely original and contemporary vibe. This energetic 4 piece is electric on stage, rocking their original music plus well loved  covers.

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

Original Debut

Formerly known as "The Lucky Lips Band" they released their debut EP "Talk the Talk" which placed the band as Finalist in the Australian Blues & Roots “CHAIN” Awards and Semi Finalist in the International Songwriters “Unsigned Only “Awards. The band then launched a new sound and a new name with their self titled album "The Turnaround" in 2020. 

Both recordings went straight to the top ten of The Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts for several months!  Listen to it here!  

The Turnaround on Soundcloud

 

Festivals

The Turnaround live festival experience is high energy! 

  • 2022 River Heads Rocks Festival
  • 2021 Ipswich Christmas festival
  • 2021 Jumpers & Jazz in July festival
  • 2020 BASEQ Blues at The Triffid Festival
  • 2019 International Blues Music Day festival
  • 2019's Jumpers & Jazz in July festival
  • 2018 Blues on Broadbeach
  • 2017 Bayside Blues Fest

 

Venues

Bramble Bay Bowls Sporting ClubThe Brooklyn StandardThe Royal Mail Hotel; 
• The Walrus Club • The Mount Gravatt Street Food • Hotel Maleny

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

 

Spiced with the band's chart topping originals, our show
features a blend
of traditional and contemporary blues, soul and R&B

 

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.

Committed to the future of blues music, Donna served on the committee for the Blues Association of South east Qld (BASEQ) for  five years and is still an active member and volunteer.

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.

Ben Butcher

Lead Guitarist/Backing Vocals

Haling originally from the UK, Ben’s passionate approach to guitar made him an obvious choice as The Turnaround’s lead axeman! Just watch him step up with musical fills & licks, giving vibrant colour to Soul & R&B selections, while holding nothing back with driving rhythm & soaring lead solos that are such an integral part of The Blues!

A true musician, experimenting with saxophone, bass before settling into guitar. He’s played in multiple bands ranging from swing, to comedy metal, classic rock and rockabilly. Main influences are classic rock, blues and soul. Previously recording with Tempest Kings.

Todd Orchid

Drums/Percussion

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

Todd is an “in demand” musician, playing for, not only The Turnaround, but also blues bands like “Slow Cooker”, and “The Tracey Hammell Band”.

Todd’s versatility & passion for performing, make him a perfect fit. He’s a natural with switching “feels” from Blues, to R&B, to Soul. Just what The Turnaround is all about!