Frank Turner charts at No. 3 with ‘No Man’s Land’, releases podcast ‘The Lioness’

Frank Turner’s eighth studio album, ‘No Man’s Land’ (Xtra Mile/Polydor Recordings) charted at #3 in the UK Album Charts upon release, marking his fourth consecutive Top 5 album. Produced by Grammy-award winning Catherine Marks (The Big Moon, Wolf Alice, Foals) the album tells the forgotten tales of notable women throughout history and features an all-female cast of musicians to boot. To support the record, Frank has announced a nine date UK headline tour, including two sold out performances at Alexandra Palace on Nov 30 and Dec 3.

The women featured span thousands of years from all corners of the globe, from Byzantine princesses, Egyptian feminist activists and a jazz-obsessed heiress who fought for the Free French, to the darker stories of a Deep South serial killer and a Camden coach-house landlady accused of witchcraft. These are but a few fascinating women who feature that have long been ignored by the mainstream.

“It’s bringing together my two main interests in life, which have always been separate from each other – history and songwriting,” explains Turner, who takes a break from packing out arenas by seeking out long-forgotten historical sites on self-guided psycho-geographical strolls.

Accompanying the album is a podcast series of the album’s name-sake, each episode celebrating and investigating the story of the women featured track-by-track at a deeper level. The latest release, ‘The Lioness’, Frank studies the life of pioneering Egyptian feminist Huda Sha’arawi. Born in 1879 and raised in Egypt’s traditional harem system, Huda still acquired a wide-ranging education which fed into her growing passion for activism. Returning to Cairo station from a women’s conference in Europe in 1922, Huda became internationally well-known when she removed the face veil previously worn by all women within the harem system. It was a radical move which initiated the steady change in convention for both the perception and place of women in Egyptian society. Remaining a committed feminist activist, Huda Sha’arawai also went on to form both the Egyptian Feminist Union in 1923 and the Arab Feminist Union in 1945.

Listen to latest episode ‘The Lioness’ here:

Alongside his own efforts, Frank also participated in hmv presents: My Inspiration – a podcast inviting artists to explore the work of another who has been deeply influential to them. You can check out Frank’s thoughts on John K. Samson in episode 7 here:

22 Nov DUMFERMLINE Alhambra Theatre
24 Nov CARDIFF St David’s Hall
25 Nov SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall
26 Nov MANCHESTER Opera House
27 Nov NEWCASTLE O2 City Hall
29 Nov BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion
30 Nov LONDON Alexandra Palace Theatre SOLD OUT
01 Dec BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
03 Dec LONDON Alexandra Palace Theatre SOLD OUT

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