Folk-punk troubadour Frank Turner has announced a nine-date UK headline tour in support of his forthcoming album.
No Man’s Land, his eighth studio record, will be released on Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records on August 16. Produced by Catherine Marks and featuring an all-female cast of musicians it is dedicated to the fascinating stories of women whose lives have been overlooked because of their gender.
They come from across wide geographical and historical lines, and include Byzantine princess Kassiani (The Hymn of Kassiani), Egyptian feminist activist Huda Sha’arawi (The Lioness), and Resusci Anne (Rescue Annie) an apocryphal drowned virgin whose face was used as the model for the medical CPR mannequin across the world.
There’s the serial killer from the Deep South who plucked her victims from lonely hearts pages (Nannie Doss), the jazz-obsessed heiress who fought for the Free French (Nica Rothschild) and a rowdy coach house landlady from 17th century Camden Town accused of witchcraft (Jinny Bingham).
“It’s bringing together my two main interests in life, which have always been separate from each other – history and songwriting,” explains Turner.
The tour dates will see Turner put a new twist on his formidable live set-up, featuring a solo set followed by an unplugged band performance in seated venues.
He said: “For this tour, I thought it would be good to give the new album some proper attention, so the first set of mine of the night will be a solo run through some of those songs and stories.
“Once the Souls are up with me, we’re playing around with a slightly more stripped back, thoughtful folk approach to some of the older material, which feels different and powerful.
“I’m looking forward to sharing a slightly different show with everyone for this run.”
FRANK TURNER’S UK HEADLINE TOUR DATES
22 November Dunfermline Alhambra Theatre
24 November Cardiff St David’s Hall
25 November Southampton O2 Guildhall
26 November Manchester Opera House
27 November Newcastle O2 City Hall
29 November Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
30 November London Alexandra Palace Theatre
1 December Birmingham Symphony Hall
3 December London Alexandra Palace Theatre
Tickets for the tour go on sale on July 19, with a special fan pre-sale via Frank’s store at https://store.frank-turner.com/.