Video: Beans on Toast “The Village Disco”

For his 40th birthday, Beans on Toast will be releasing two full-length albums, including ‘Knee Deep in Nostalgia’, produced by Frank Turner.  This is the opening song from the album and Beans travels back in time, sharing some of his earliest memories along the way.  For the video, Frank Turner accompanies Beans on Toast on a road trip through his past: Home & Away, Findus Crispy Pancakes, first dances and first loves. Continue reading “Video: Beans on Toast “The Village Disco””

Frank Turner “Falling In Love” – Listen

The album is ‘West Coast vs Wessex’ and the concept is fairly simple – it’s a split covers album with NOFX covering five of Frank’s songs, and Mr Turner returning the compliment with covers of five songs by NOFX.  And today’s song is one of those covers by Frank Turner. Continue reading “Frank Turner “Falling In Love” – Listen”

Jesse Malin and Lucinda to play Joe Strummer birthday benefit

This Friday will be Joe Strummer’s birthday, and at 8pm UK time the music and arts community is coming together for a global event to celebrate Joe Strummer’s legacy as a solo musician and singer of The Clash. Produced by Jesse Malin, Jeff Raspe and Joe Strummer estate manager, David Zonshine, A Song for Joe: Celebrating the Life of Joe Strummer will be a two-hour event that will stream for free at JoeStrummer.com, with all donations benefiting the Save Our Stages campaign which is currently making a final push to Congress to pass the Save Our Stages Act and the Restart Act in order to keep independent venues across the US from closing permanently. Continue reading “Jesse Malin and Lucinda to play Joe Strummer birthday benefit”

Frank Turner “Live In Newcastle” (Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records, 2020)

Frank Turner operates in that most ambiguous of roles, the singer-songwriter, with his output being classified variously from punk to folk. This live-work reveals that this is not entirely accurate, he is foremost an entertainer – the genre is irrelevant. This digital release is the complete live show number 2429 including the chat between songs covering his autobiographical journey. He immediately makes this intention clear ‘Good evening friends and welcome to the show… tonight we are going to tell some stories’. The structure frames his personal journey and how his experiences have been incorporated within song. Continue reading “Frank Turner “Live In Newcastle” (Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records, 2020)”

Save Our Venues UK campaign launched

The Music Venue Trust has announced #saveourvenues, a new national campaign to save hundreds of UK grassroots music venues at imminent risk of being permanently closed down. The organisation states on its press release: “Without these independent venues the live music scene in the UK will die. These grassroots venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city.” Continue reading “Save Our Venues UK campaign launched”

Support Your Local Venue: The Railway Inn, Winchester

We’re only two items into our occasional series on those local venues which are the heart and soul of our music and of course, this damned virus has now shut them all down. It’s a blow to all of us who enjoy gig going but this inconvenience is minor compared to the real threat to the livelihoods of many. Musicians have had their dates cancelled but many have recourse to virtual gigs which have proliferated. However, the venues are closed, staff laid off, whether they worked at the bar, on the sound or lighting, in the kitchens or cleaning the place. Many owners and landlords don’t know if they’ll weather the storm or if, at the end of this nightmare, they’ll be able to reopen Continue reading “Support Your Local Venue: The Railway Inn, Winchester”

New Frank Turner live album lands on Friday

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls have announced the release of a new digital album ‘Live In Newcastle’ – Due out on April 24 via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor, the album was recorded during Turner & The Sleeping Souls’ set in late 2019 at O2 City Hall Newcastle, during a headline tour in support of his UK Top 3 album release, ‘No Man’s Land’. Continue reading “New Frank Turner live album lands on Friday”

Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Frank Turner

In troubled times, we all need something to lift us.  We all need a little light in the gloom.  This is when music becomes even more important because it binds us together and connects people, even when there are no mass gatherings.  We may not be physically in a concert hall with you dancing, listening, singing along. But we are still united in our love for music and one another and this is still a shared experience.  Amongst all the cancelled gigs, tours and festivals, we’ve asked some of our favourite acts to perform, just for you, a mini-gig, a single song to bring some joy.  Continue reading “Exclusive AUK Mini-Gig: Frank Turner”

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 Million Dead in 2005. Always looking for new inspiration, methods and approaches, Turner’s latest studio album reflects his love of history: a selection of stories about significant women, whose lives and contributions to society have been largely overlooked. The audio and video recording of ‘Show 2000 Live at Nottingham Rock City’ has also just been released, capturing the energy of Turner and The Sleeping Souls and their sing-along communion with their passionate audience. Andrew Frolish of Americana UK, caught up with Frank Turner backstage at the Alexandra Palace just before he took to the stage on the recent ‘No Man’s Land’ tour. 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 from his usual high-energy performances. This was a reflective affair with many fascinating or humorous stories used to introduce each song; these insights undoubtedly helped give a greater appreciation of the songs and was pitched perfectly. Continue reading “Frank Turner + Emily Barker, Alexandra Palace, London, 30th November 2019”