Monday 21st February 2011 – Frank Turner w/ Jim Lockey and The Solemn Sun at The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

At the time of writing Frank Turner is number one in the UK album charts with his ninth studio album, FTHC. Not only is this a fantastic achievement for any artist, but also a very unique one for someone this far into their career. Well deserved either way and a great album regardless of the chart position. 

Back in February 2011, Frank was a few months out from the release of his fourth studio album, England Keep My Bones. This too was an important album for Frank, with singles that helped garner a wider audience and a touring cycle that included his appearance at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

You’ll notice the ticket only lists ‘Frank Turner’, which these days would usually suggest a solo acoustic show, but this was full band, with four musicians that would soon come to be known as The Sleeping Souls. Frank’s ‘band’ had been playing with him as far back as the Sleep Is For The Week tour in February 2007. The introduction of the name in 2011 gave them more formal acknowledgement and offered a distinction between different types of Frank Turner shows. I haven’t done an official calculation but I think I’ve probably seen a fairly even split between full band and acoustic sets since.

It may seem trivial but it was also around this time that Frank and the band all started wearing the white shirt and black trousers stage uniform. This show was definitely my first time seeing this and was a shock (perhaps more than it ought to have been honestly) having seen them all so many times before then in less formal attire. 

The support for this show was Jim Lockey and The Solemn Sun (later known as just ’Solemn Sun’) who featured on the very first release for Saint November Records, which I’d launched a few weeks earlier. The Passion Burns Deep was a compilation fundraiser in the spirit of lots of labels from years gone by. The band kindly contributed an exclusive version of their track Boat Song.

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