Frank Turner is a well known musician from London, UK. He is born in 1981 somewhere in Bahrain but has always been based in UK, as far as I know. Before his solo career, he has been the singer of the post hardcore band Million Dead since 2001. While they were splitting up in 2005, Frank started with the folk punk project for which he is famous nowadays.
The reason for which he began such a project was: “when Million Dead finished, I wanted to stay on tour, but I didn’t want the hassle of putting a band together.” Quite logical to me.
Anyway he put out 4 records by now, with a fifth TBA in 2013.
Sleep is for the Week and Love Ire & Song (2005-2008) are his very first records that he supported with extensive tour activity in UK and Ireland.
It is said that during October 2008, while on tour, he became ill with gastroenteritis, and was forced to leave the stage in Nottingham halfway through his set. All remaining shows, were cancelled and that has been the first time that Turner had cancelled any show in ten years. He went on to reschedule all cancelled shows in January 2009. This is probably one of the things that made him win the AIM (Association of Independent Music) awards for Hardest Working Artist and Best Live Act.
He supported (and has been supported by) a number of bands and artists like: The Gaslight Anthem, Chuck Ragan, The Offspring, Green Day, Tim Barry, Hot Water Music, Flogging Molly, The Architects and many more.
If I’m not wrong, in 2009, he also has been featured as Kerrang! Magazine cover star. He also went to Eton college along with prince William about which he said (in http://www.syffal.com/interview-frank-turner):
Haha, yeah I was briefly in a French class with the guy. Um, he seemed a little dull to me, truth be told, but then I suppose he has to be – every time he farts it’s in the tabloids, so he can hardly drop acid and run down the street naked now.
In 2011, for the England Keep My Bones tour, Turner went to Australia, Germany, UK, Italy and the US & Canada. On 21 April 2011 Frank played his 1000th (in six years, holy shit!) solo show at the Strummerville festival in Shoreditch, London.
About the fifth studio album, Frank Turner announced on 28th October 2012 that it will be out in March 2013.
I saw Frank Turner live and, believe me, this is all true. He is simply great on stage and a very nice guy while not playing. His own support band, The Sleeping Souls, is made of absolutely great musicians, both from a technical and stage attitude point of view. Their names are: Ben Lloyd, Tarrant Anderson, Matt Nasir, Nigel Powell. I want to point them out that they are a great support and Frank Turner’s music wouldn’t be the same without such great fellows.