Formed in Australia in 1995, Cath & Jay have been based in many places: Cairns, Brisbane (Cath’s birthplace), the UK (Jay’s birthplace) in Derbyshire (their son’s birthplace). Finally, with the arrival of son Joshua, the Mundy-Turner family has proudly made Logan, South-East Queensland their new home-base.
Together the duo have recorded six albums, with their latest folk album Ha’penny Tweedle honoured in 2009, having a track selected by British MP David Davis for Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio Four, one of Britain’s most enduring and popular national radio shows. (The track was Jay’s poignant original song “Stealing My Democracy”)
Mundy-Turner have toured as support to such diverse acts as Irish pop-folk hot band The Corrs and English folk-rock legends Fairport Convention. They have toured many countries in their own right from UK to Australia, New Zealand to Canada, Italy to Hong Kong, playing everything from intimate house concerts & acoustic venues to massive outdoor festivals for crowds of 20,000. In 2009, the duo was featured in the line-up of the Q150 Shed Tour for Queensland’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
In 2013, the duo staged the community theatre premiere of their rock ‘n’ roll musical Billy Buckett – A Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Story (set in Wickford, Essex, UK, co-scripted by the duo & Peter Cann, all original 1950s/60s-inspired songs by Jay) with Beenleigh Theatre Group at the Crete Street Theatre. The show won FIVE awards at the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards in December 2013, including Best Musical Directors (Cath & Jay) and the Gold Palm Award for Most Nominated Production across all categories. Publisher Stagescripts UK has signed the script for international licensing and plans are afoot for the first professional production of the show to be staged at a major performing arts venue in Brisbane 2015.
In 2013, Cath & Jay also expanded their duo line-up to include the drums and bass of Jono Filmer & Chris Powell both of who were an integral part of the stage band for Billy Buckett – The Asteroids. The Mundy-Turner Band was launched with a concert at the Logan Art Gallery in November 2013.