Union Jill are a Yorkshire-based female acoustic duo with over a decade of festival and folk club experience. As singers, instrumentalists and songwriters, they bring a sense of storytelling with their songs, with vocals that produce spellbinding effects with their rich harmonies. Union Jill have established an appealing stage presence and gather an ever-growing fan base across the UK. Taking their inspiration from a wide range of styles, Union Jill bring their own energy and passion to the acoustic music scene. They mix traditional folk instrumentation (guitars, mandola, concertina) with an edgy contemporary feel and powerful vocal delivery. Sharon and Helen’s ability to tell a story through lyrics draws in audiences of all types. Their material embraces historical themes and contemporary issues; personal experiences and protest songs. They have an on-stage banter that you only get from two women sharing a stage.
With four albums under their belt (two produced by Clive Gregson and John Wood) they bring a rich and well-developed set and 2020 will see the launch of their 5th album.
"Stunning duo, great musicianship, harmonies and presentation, songs both thought-provoking and entertaining.They will deservedly be going a long way. See them now!" - Topic Folk Club
“Sharon and Helen [have] established themselves as a duo to watch out for. Accomplished writers and performers... there is something instinctive, symbiotic almost, in the way they blend as musicians.” - Oz Hardwick, Rock n Reel
High Praise from Nigel Schofield for theCD 'Respectable Rebellion' in Tykes News
"I am delighted to report that in every respect, this astounding record fails to disappoint. It is one of the best produced folk albums I have heard in years, drawing together a full and busy sound that never sounds cluttered and has appropriate variety to render each of the thirteen tracks a stand-out in its own right. It's a remarkable achievement."
" The quality of the songs - all originals - is also exceptional. One is reminded of the better recordings by Mary Chapin Carpenter, a benchmark which Union Jill regularly surpass. It's a faultless record: without exception every track rewards repeated listening both sonically and in the wit and depth of its songwriting."
"Accomplished guitarists and articulate songwriters although the first attribute to win over audiences is the intuitive harmony of their distinct yet complementary voices." - Rock 'n Reel (R2)
Helen Turner and Sharon Jagger have been performing together since 2006. After discovering a shared love of folk and acoustic music they soon realised their voices were meant to be together. Both bring distinctive songwriting styles to Union Jill and achieve some spellbinding effects with their voices and instruments (mandola, guitar and anglo concertina.)
They've gained a reputation for quality performances and well-crafted songs. Their onstage presence is natural, funny and personable and, whilst their material touches on the darker side of life at times, they enjoy a natural rapport with each other and with the audience leading to banter delivered with a light touch.Union Jill are now deservedly establishing themselves as a long-standing and growing presence in the acoustic/folk world.
Union Jill at the Woodman Folk Club, May 2017
None of that worrying about what to say in a review with Union Jill ... Sharon Winfield and Helen Turner give you enough material for a whole season’s reviews!