New Release: Frank Turner – The Death Of Dora Hand

Frank Turner has today unveiled the latest new track lifted from his forthcoming eighth album, No Man’s Land

The record, out August 16th, was produced by Catherine Marks and features an all-female cast of musicians. No Man’s Land is dedicated to the fascinating stories of women whose incredible lives have all too often been overlooked by dint of their gender. The album is also accompanied by a new 13 part podcast series, ‘Tales From No Man’s Land’, created in collaboration between Frank and production company Somethin’ Else

Digging deeper into the lives of the thirteen women featured on the new album in conversation with special guests, today’s latest episode focuses on 1800s Dodge City vaudeville star and philanthropist Dora Hand, the titular subject of this latest track, ‘The Death Of Dora Hand’

Take a listen to the single below…

The women featured on No Man’s Land come from across wide geographical and historical lines. They 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

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

Frank will be performing in the UK throughout the summer, playing…

July 11th – 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
12th – Wasteland Festival, Newcastle
14th – Folk By The Oak Festival, Hatfield
August 3rd – Wickham Festival, Fareham
4th – Tunes in the Castle, Exeter
9th – Cropredy Festival, Cropredy
22nd – Cottingham Folk Festival (Solo Show)
25th – Greenbelt Festival, Kettering


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