Frank Turner today releases ‘The Graveyard Of The Outcast Dead’, the latest new track to arrive from his forthcoming eighth album, No Man’s Land (out August 16th), produced by Catherine Marks and featuring an all-female cast of musicians.
The poignant, stripped-back track – which lands today alongside the third episode in Frank’s 13 part podcast series, ‘Tales From No Man’s Land’ – follows close on the tail of details for a 9 date UK headline tour – including two dates at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre. 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.
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. This week, ‘The Graveyard Of The Outcast Dead’ and its attendant podcast episode honour those buried in Southwark’s Cross Bones Graveyard, the final resting place of those marginalised from society, predominantly women who had worked in the area’s brothels during the medieval period. At the end of their typically short, unbearable lives, these women had been buried in unconsecrated ground in a mass grave. Their remains were later rediscovered in the 19th century, and finally in the late 20th century, the site was restored into a memorial garden in recognition of the ‘outcast dead’.
Take a listen to the new track below…
The women featured on No Man’s Land come 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.
Forthcoming live dates as follows…
August 3 – Wickham Festival, Fareham
4 – Tunes in the Castle, Exeter
9 – Cropredy Festival, Cropredy
22 – Cottingham Folk Festival (Solo Show)
25 – Greenbelt Festival, Kettering
November 22 – Dunfermline, Alhambra Theatre
24 – Cardiff, St David’s Hall
25 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
26 – Manchester, Opera House
27 – Newcastle, O2 The Academy
29 – Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
30 – London, Alexandra Palace Theatre
December 1 – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
3 – London, Alexandra Palace Theatre