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Isolation Discs Podcast – Frank Turner TID015

Very special guest on the podcast this week – the singer, songwriter and troubadour Mr. Frank Turner! In between his many live stream performances raising tens of thousands of pounds for music venues as well as promoting his new split EP with american punk band NOFX, Frank kindly found time to speak with Chris Arnold on a blistering hot summer’s day. Amongst revealing his isolation tracks, Frank shared his thoughts on the current situation with regards to the pandemic, the state of the music industry and the concerning situation that live shows are in. The pair also discuss the joys of punk rock, the brilliance of Vic & Bob and of course the good ship Thekla gets a mention as well. Enjoy all!

 

 

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A former member of punk rock band Million Dead, Frank Turner turned his attention to folkier, acoustic music after the demise of his hardcore outfit. Since that time he has transformed himself into a successful, internationally charting, award-winning singer and songwriter of consequential folk-punk-pop rebel songs (that cover topics like atheism, sexism, excessive drinking, and the power of rock & roll). Drawing press comparisons to Billy Bragg and Bruce Springsteen among others, Turner nonetheless occupies a niche of his own in British popular music. Making his Top 200 debut with 2011’s England Keep My Bones, Turner’s sound on successive albums has expanded to include more instrumentation and to embrace more conventional production. 2013’s Tape Deck Heart entered the Top 50 with sold-out concert appearances in ever larger venues, including Wembley Arena. By the time he released the almost-mainstream Be More Kind in 2018, Turner was selling out concerts on both sides of the Atlantic well in advance.

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