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Frank Turner Celebrates Ten Years of ‘England Keep My Bones’

The punk-folk legend’s ‘England Keep My Bones’ LP is a decade old, and to celebrate this milestone, Xtra Mile Recordings will be releasing an expanded edition of the album.

Coming out in June as a double vinyl set, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Frank Turner’s ‘England Keep My Bones’ will include a bonus disc of unheard ‘El Paso Session’ recordings from the period and 15 downloadable solo b-sides recorded at Portsmouth’s Old Blacksmiths Studios.

The UK punk-folk singer’s fourth studio album – and first to grace the UK’s top 20, England Keep My Bones featured the singles I Still Believe, Peggy Sang The Blues and If Ever I Stray.

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Turner said: “It’s been ten years since the album (or one of them) that changed everything in my life. When we were making [England Keep My Bones], back in 2011 in Crouch End, I knew it would be special, but had no idea how far it would take me around the world. I’m extremely proud of and grateful for it.”

Ahead of the album’s release, Frank Turner put out his first single in two years earlier this month. Celebrating the return of live music, The Gathering features Jason Isbell and Muse drummer Dom Howard and was produced by Rich Costey, who staffed the board for 2013’s Tape Deck Heart.

Having played over 20 live-streamed shows to support independent venues in the UK since the Covid lockdowns began, raising around £250,000 in the process, Turner will be supporting his new single by getting back on the road for an eight-date The Gathering tour in the UK.

It kicks in Bideford on 19 June with a series of all-age shows that are mostly duo appearances with Matt Nasir and will be followed by festival dates that include an appearance at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas in September.

Listen to England Keep My Bones here

Meanwhile, The Gathering was followed by the release of Bound For Home. That single is a collaboration with Emily Barker and was written and recorded during the sessions for Barker’s A Dark Murmuration of Words album.

More recently Turner was in the studio last weekend with Sunliner producing a couple of new tunes for the Leeds, UK punk rock band.

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