FRANK TURNER today releases ‘Eye Of The Day’, the latest new track to emerge from his forthcoming eighth album, ‘NO MAN’S LAND’ (out August 16th on Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records), produced by Catherine Marks and featuring an all-female cast of musicians. Frank has recently revealed details for a 9 date UK headline tour showcasing material from the new project – including two sold-out dates at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre on November 30 and December 3, 2019. 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. Stream ‘Eye Of The Day’ here: https://FrankTurner.lnk.to/MataHariPR.
Arriving alongside the fourth episode in Frank’s popular companion podcast series, ‘Tales From No Man’s Land’, ‘Eye Of The Day’ pays tribute to the life of Mata Hari in one of the album’s most starkly affecting tracks. Originally born Margaretha Zelle in late 1800s Netherlands, Mata Hari became celebrated as a dancer in turn-of-the-century Paris, taking her stage name from an Indonesian term meaning ‘Eye Of The Day’. Following the outbreak of World War One, however, Mata Hari was arrested by the French authorities on suspicion of involvement in espionage, and following a perfunctory trial was identified as ‘Agent H21’ and executed.
‘No Man’s Land’ is dedicated 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 Byzantine princess Kassiani (The Hymn of Kassiani), Egyptian feminist activist Huda Sha’arawi (The Lioness), 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 a rowdy coach house landlady from 17th century Camden Town accused of witchcraft (Jinny Bingham).
“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.
The ‘Tales From No Man’s Land’ podcast is available from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast and all other podcast platforms.
NO MAN’S LAND features thirteen tracks:
- 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 Kassiani
- Rescue Annie
- Rosemary Jane
UK HEADLINE TOUR (on sale July 19)
22 November DUMFERMLINE Alhambra Theatre 24 November CARDIFF St David’s Hall 25 November SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall 26 November MANCHESTER Opera House 27 November NEWCASTLE O2 City Hall 29 November BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion 30 November LONDON Alexandra Palace Theatre SOLD OUT 1 December BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall 3 December LONDON Alexandra Palace Theatre SOLD OUT
For fan pre-sale head to https://store.frank-turner.com/
FRANK TURNER will be performing in the UK throughout the summer:
3 August Wickham Festival, Fareham 4 August Tunes in the Castle, Exeter 9 August Cropredy Festival, Cropredy 22 August Cottingham Folk Festival (Solo Show) 25 August Greenbelt Festival, Kettering