Ahead of releasing his new album No Man’s Land, Frank Turner will play a handful of special intimate album launch shows before heading out on his UK headline tour this November and December. The first will be at Pryzm, Kingston on Friday 23rd August and, due high demand, a matinee and evening show at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds on Saturday 24th August starting at 5.30pm and at 8.00pm.
Turner’s eighth solo album, produced by Catherine Marks (The Big Moon, Wolf Alice, Foals), will feature an all-female cast of musicians.
With Marks’ production pared right back to little more than an acoustic guitar and a string section, Turner has recently shared a new track, The Hymn Of Kassiani. Turner wrote the this quietly unwavering song in response to the life of exiled Byzantine princess Kassiani. Born into a wealthy Constantinople family, Kassiani was noted for her intellect, and as a young woman was presented to the Emperor Theophilus as a prospective wife. Having met a derogatory comment from the Emperor with a withering rejoinder, she was, by way of punishment, sent away to a nunnery where she gradually rose to become its abbess. The rest of her life was spent writing hymns, many of which still exist today in the Greek Orthodox canon. Kassiani was also notable for standing her ground against the empire in the iconoclastic debates of the 9th century.
No Man’s Land is dedicated throughout to the vital stories of women from history whose lives have all too often been overlooked by dint of their gender. Hailing from across wide geographical and historical lines, they also include Egyptian feminist activist Huda Sha’arawi (The Lioness), a rowdy coach house landlady from 17th century Camden Town accused of witchcraft (Jinny Bingham), 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 an 1800s Dodge City vaudeville star and philanthropist (Dora Hand).
“It’s bringing together my two main interests in life, which have always been separate from each other – history and songwriting,” explains Turner, who can be found seeking out long-forgotten historical sites on self-guided psychogeographical strolls when he’s not packing out arenas or headlining festivals.
Another track already released from thealbum is Sister Rosetta,based on Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of the most influential musicians in American history.
With a UK headline tour announced for the end of the year – including two sold-out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre on 20th November and 3rd December – the new track arrives alongside the sixth episode of Turner’s successful Tales From No Man’s Land podcast, which debuted at #2 on the Apple UK chart.
Turner will play new material from No Man’s Land across his nine-date UK headline tour. The tour 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.
No Man’s Land will be released on 16th August 2019 on Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. The track listing is as follows:
- Jinny Bingham’s Ghost
- Sister Rosetta
- I Believed You, William Blake
- A Perfect Wife
- Silent Key
- Eye of the Day
- The Death of Dora Hand
- The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead
- The Lioness
- The Hymn of Kassian
- Rescue Annie
- Rosemary Jane
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