Frank Turner (born December 28, 1981) is an English folk/punk singer-songwriter from Meonstoke, Winchester, who was born in Manama, Bahrain. Initially the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, Turner embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career following the band's split in 2005.
After a split EP with rock band Reuben, Turner's first solo EP, “Campfire Punkrock,” was released in May 2006 on Xtra Mile Recordings, with him being recorded and backed by Oxford band Dive Dive who he had met while out on tour with Reuben. Band members Tarrant Anderson, Ben Lloyd and Nigel Powell would become his backing band from this point on.
After touring in support of American singer-songwriter Jonah Matranga, the two released a split EP in August 2006. Turner's debut full-length, “Sleep Is for the Week,” was released in January 2007, again recorded at Dive Dive's studio, produced by their guitarist Ben Lloyd and featuring drummer Nigel Powell.
Turner released an EP, “The Real Damage,” in May 2007. His second album, “Love Ire & Song,” again saw Ben Lloyd from Dive Dive in the producer's seat, and was released in March 2008.
In December 2008 Turner released, “The First Three Years,” a compilation of demos, b-sides and covers not featured on his studio albums. In January 2009, he released a combined package of, “The First Three Yea s” and “Love Ire & Song.” The album was produced by Alex Newport. His band at the time still consisted of Ben Lloyd, Tarrant Anderson and Nigel Powell from Dive Dive, with keyboardist Matt Nasir having been added on the Love, Ire and Song tour.
In 2009 Turner signed with Epitaph Records for releases outside the U.K. Preceded by the single “The Road,” Turner's third studio album, “Poetry of the Deed, was released in September 2009 and reached #36 on the U.K. Albums chart,
A live DVD/CD, entitled “Take to the Road, “documenting two shows from Shepherds Bush Empire and the Union Chapel, was released in the U.K. in March 2010.
“England Keep My Bones,” his fourth studio album, was released in June 2011. Preceded by the single, “Peggy Sang the Blues,” the album was produced and mixed by Tristan Ivemy, who had previously mixed “Love, Ire and Song.” The album reached #12 on the U.K. Albums chart marking his highest charting album to date.