Interview: Frank Turner talks about the perils of purity, and Chas & Dave

After eight studio albums and almost two and a half thousand shows, Frank Turner has gathered legions of loyal fans and earned a reputation for exciting live performances. Recent release, ‘No Man’s Land’, was Turner’s fourth consecutive top-three album, a level of commercial success that may have seemed unlikely when he emerged from punk band … Continue reading “Interview: Frank Turner talks about the perils of purity, and Chas & Dave”

Frank Turner + Emily Barker, Alexandra Palace, London, 30th November 2019

Frank Turner’s sold out show at the wonderful Ally Pally was his 2,431st gig since setting out as a solo artist in 2004. This is, in itself, a phenomenal achievement and is a sign of his fans’ passion and of his incredible endurance. Turner has re-invented himself on this tour, delivering a very different show … Continue reading “Frank Turner + Emily Barker, Alexandra Palace, London, 30th November 2019”

Frank Turner “No Man’s Land” (Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records, 2019)

The title of Frank Turner’s eighth album is a bit of a pun as the thirteen songs it consists of all are stories of women. No men. Get it? On ‘No Man’s Land‘ Frank Turner sets out to tell the stories of remarkable women who have been written out of history, or are in danger … Continue reading “Frank Turner “No Man’s Land” (Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records, 2019)”

Frank Turner heads to No Man’s Land next month

Frank Turner has released the latest track lifted from his forthcoming eighth album, ‘No Man’s Land’ due out August 16th on Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records, produced by Catherine Marks and featuring an all-female cast of musicians. To be honest, we’ve avoided Frank in the past due to that interview but ‘The Death of Dora Hand’ … Continue reading “Frank Turner heads to No Man’s Land next month”

Frank Turner “Be More Kind” (Xtra Mile Recordings, 2018)

A lot of people think of Frank Turner as ‘the new Billy Bragg’. The thing the Hampshire-born songwriter mostly has in common with the aforementioned ‘Bard of Barking’ is that his idiosyncratic style marks him out as a musical Marmite: you either love him or hate him. There’s no middle ground with Turner, it seems. ‘Be More Kind’, … Continue reading “Frank Turner “Be More Kind” (Xtra Mile Recordings, 2018)”

Frank Turner announces 2019 dates

Patience is a virtue, which is a good job as Frank Turner has announced dates which don’t land now until early next year. Playing a string of arenas running through early 2019, the tour is called the “Be More Kind World Tour” and although Frank was famously not very kind about socialists and the left in … Continue reading “Frank Turner announces 2019 dates”

UK Americana Awards 2020 adds Shingai to its line-up

The AMAUKs are only 2 weeks away and there are still a handful of tickets left if you haven’t got yours yet. It’s the fifth annual shindig which forms part of AmericanFest which returns to Hackney for 3 days at the end of this month.  The theme of the event is “Collaborate and Cross Pollinate” … Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2020 adds Shingai to its line-up”

Beans on Toast “Inevitable Train Wreck” (Beans on Toast Music, 2019)

Beans on Toast may be a creature of habit, releasing, as he does, a new record each year on his birthday, December 1st. He’s been doing this for over 10 years now with his latest instalment, ‘The Inevitable Train Wreck’ being his 11th album. Over this time, Beans (or Jay McAllister as his mother probably … Continue reading “Beans on Toast “Inevitable Train Wreck” (Beans on Toast Music, 2019)”

AmericanaFest 2020 – over 75 artist head to London next month!

We’ve already covered 2020’s AmericanaFest which returns to the UK at the end of January next year, and now details are emerging of the array of artists who’ll be playing the festival which is, er, extensive to say the least. You might need a calculator to count them all.