Band page created in 2007.
Frank Turner is a burgeoning solo artist based in the United Kingdom. He has toured the UK extensively and gone on a few forays into Central and Eastern Europe since the demise of his former band Million Dead.
Frank Turner started solo acoustic shows prior to Million Dead's break up. The first official performance was at the first Small Town America all dayer at 93 Feet East on September 18th 2004. The solo performances were, in a sense, a sideline to Million Dead. They did allow Turner to display some of his own songwriting capabilities (without a band) as well as some covers of songs and bands he enjoyed, in some cases the songs were much re-worked to fit an acoustic atmosphere. Solo performances were also used to help bolster or expose Million Dead to new individuals as well, with some acoustic in-store and radio performances of Million Dead songs.
At the end of February and start of March (2006) Frank went to Oxford to record the "Campfire Punkrock" EP with Dive Dive as the backing band for three of the songs. This EP was released on May 15 2006 on a limited run through Xtra Mile recordings. It sold out after only a few weeks on sale and had to be re-pressed to meet demand.
With Jonah Matranga doing some touring in June 2006 in support of his CD/DVD album "Jonah Matranga" there was some discussion of Frank doing supports with Jonah, this only ended up with one show featuring both at The Peel in Kingston. The discussion however lead to the creation of the Jonah Matranga and Frank Turner split 12" vinyl. Released in the USA on Welcome Home Records and in the UK via Xtra Mile Recordings. The release features Frank covering two songs by American songwriters and Jonah covering two songs by British songwriters. He was recently (September 18 2006) the last ever artist to perform on BBC Radio 1's Lamacq Live program, unveiling two new songs from "Sleep Is For The Week".
The good sales of "Campfire Punkrock" meant good news as this allowed Frank to record his debut album "Sleep Is For The Week" in August and September 2006. Recorded in Oxford with Dive Dive as extra band on a selection of the 13 tracks. The last track, "The Ballad of Me and My Friends", is a live recording from a sold out show at the London Barfly and features the vocal contribution of the (approximately) 200 strong audience during a verse. Those in attendance and gave their names to Xtra Mile Recordings will have their names credited as contributers to this track.
Recently announced has been a string of tour dates starting in January 2007, with Dive Dive (as support and backing band) and Beans on Toast.
In April 2008, his second album Love, Ire and Song was released to critical acclaim.
His third full-length album, Poetry Of The Deed, was released September 7th 2009, and includes the singles The Road, Try This At Home and Isabel. An accompanying DVD, Take To The Road, was released in March 2010 the week after his biggest show to date, at the Roundhouse in Camden. The show sold 3000 tickets and was part of the worldwide tour, which has visited New Zealand, all over Europe and will be playing a show in Haifa (Israel) in June 2010.
He has also recently acted as the support act for the stadium tour of Green Day which included playing Wembley Stadium.
Songfacts reports that Turner had a privileged upbringing, thanks to his grandfather, the former chairman of high street retailer BHS, Sir Mark Turner. Brought up in a manor house by his city investment banker father, Roger Turner, and mother Jane, the daughter of a bishop, Turner was educated at Eton alongside Prince William.
Pledge - Kerbdog Tribute
Poetry Of The Deed
Live @ Leeds Festival 2009 on Saturday, 29th August 2009
Live @ Cockpit on Tuesday, 21st October 2008
Live @ Joseph's Well on Wednesday, 24th January 2007
Frank Turner has played 11 gigs in Leeds • Add a gig
- 2013-04-19 @ The Refectory
- 2012-11-12 @ O2 Academy Leeds
- 2011-05-16 @ Brudenell Social Club
- 2011-03-05 @ Santiago
- 2010-03-18 @ O2 Academy Leeds
- 2009-10-22 @ Leeds Metropolitan University
- 2008-10-21 @ Cockpit
- 2008-03-31 @ Brudenell Social Club
- 2007-01-24 @ Joseph's Well
- 2006-06-06 @ Brudenell Social Club
- 2006-04-18 @ The Vine