Tony Turrell leaves The Reasoning

Tony Turrell with The Reasoning at Bury Met

Announced on The Reasoning’s Facebook page this morning: Tony Turrell is leaving The Reasoning.

“I’m sorry to announce that as of this summer, I am no longer a part of The Reasoning. This is totally my own choice, and down to where I am at the moment in terms of time, health and head space. The band have been incredibly supportive and whilst not wanting me to go, whole-heartedly respected my decision. My reasons are not the ones normally associated with someone leaving a band – fighting, dislike or the good old-fashioned “musical differences” (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) – and every member of the band has become a dear and close friend over the course of the last 3 years (or year in Keith’s case).

It was a bit of a coup for The Reasoning when Tony joined, given his standing and the much higher profile artists he’s played with, such as Fish.

He made a very strong impression live, especially when the band slimmed down to a five-piece leaving his keys to fill out a lot more of the sound. He even too over the male lead vocal role. I did get the feeling the band never quite made as much use of his skills as a composer and arranger as they could have done, and it will be interesting to see what projects he’s involved with next.

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2 Responses to Tony Turrell leaves The Reasoning

  1. Serdar says:

    Man, the sheer number of bands under your watch either breaking up or losing people is downright dismaying. Is it something in the water?

  2. Tim Hall says:

    It’s a world of part-time musicians with the odd full-time pro who’s usually in half-a-dozen different bands at once. So you’re inevitably going to get problems of conflicting commitments, whether it’s full-timers trying to juggle schedules with different bands, or part-timers trying to fit the band around the demands of day job and family.

    This year has been especially bad for lineup changes, though.