Who are The Safe Kings?
MIKE TURNBULL & THE SAFE KINGS
We are a trio of tenor guitar, double bass & cajon - a band exclusively for the original songwriting of Mike Turnbull @miketurnbullmusic
Mike Turnbull - Songwriter/tenor guitar/mandola/mandolin/banjo
Suzanne Ambrose - Double bass (Suzanne also plays bass with Smith Corona and Ruben'sTrain)
Dave Pennington - Cajon/drums
The Safe Kings style is original, melodic, modern-folk. Stories, legends & observations from around the UK, often upbeat with drive and the merest touch of Americana.
‘Safe Kings’ is a play on my surname Turnbull. Our song 'Will I Save The King' from my first EP Circlet of Gold is by way of an introduction to myself, the story of the Turnbull family name and of course The Safe Kings.
The story hails back to the time of Robert The Bruce. Whilst this king of Scotland was riding through villages in the Scots Border region in the early 1300’s, a bull had escaped and threatened to harm the king & his entourage. A local man named William of Rule wrestled the bull from the path of the king. Robert the Bruce re-named the man William Turn-e-bull and gave him land & riches as an award. The name evolved to be Turnbull.
So... the band, is a band of Kings who will remain safe! ...whoever they are ; )
We play songs from the EP 2017 and album 2019 In So Small A Compass produced by Lukas Drinkwater and features Ciaran Algar & Evan Carson.
A Safe Kings EP is now available (Courageous Tree) - with the Safe Kings trio plus amazingly talented guests such as Harbottle & Jonas’ Freya Harbottle, Ruben’s Train’s Dawn Foster & Mark Browne, Essex singer-songwriter Stuart Denney and Cumbrian songwriter Paul Morris.
(Never one to stand still, a further EP is scheduled for 2021, is nearly written too.)