Karen Turley

3 Liverpool, UK
  • Available to Jam
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Guitar
  • country
  • folk


Karen Turley is a Singer-Songwriter from Omagh in Northern Ireland, living in Liverpool.
She started playing the guitar at the age of 15 and has always had a passion for music, particularly American Folk and Country.

Karen began writing her own music in 2008 when she moved to Liverpool for university. She recorded her own songs and covers from her bedroom and was lucky enough to have Gerry Anderson from BBC Radio Ulster play her cover of Bob Dylan's 'Boots of Spanish Leather' in 2009.
Continuing to write and play in Omagh, she formed 'The Jesse Janes' in 2012 with two good friends. An all female Bluegrass and Folk trio, the band continue to gig in both Ireland and Liverpool, most recently amalgamating with another band from Omagh to form 'When Johnny Met Jane'.

Karen continues to write and record her own material and has recently had her original songs 'Little Old Me' and 'Dreamer' played on BBC Introducing on BBC Radio Merseyside, as well as joining 'Dave Monks' for a few live sessions.

In March 2015 Karen was lucky enough to be one of two Singer/Songwriters chosen to travel to Nashville for a full week of Songwriting workshops and activities with esteemed songwriters. She was also able to perform in the round with the wonderful Beth Nielsen Chapman and Don Henry in the famous 'Bluebird Cafe'.
The competition is part of an exciting exchange between Liverpool and Nashville, with The 'Bluebird Cafe' being recreated in August 2015 in 'The Bluecoat' in Liverpool for an evening of live performances. Karen will perform at the Early Show for this event while the late show will be hosted by 'Whispering Bob Harris' and will include special guests from Nashville.

Karen is also planning to form a band and this year record her debut EP in the next couple of months and also hopes to bring her original music to live venues in both Ireland and Liverpool.


Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, KT Tunstall, Brandi Carlile, Alison Krauss, Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, The Dixie Chicks, Patsy Cline, The Eagles, Paul Simon.