Chaired by author and journalist, Ian Winwood (he wrote
Smash!: Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, and the ’90s Punk Explosion), Frank Turner took to the stage of a sardine-packed Mitchell Library theatre, to discuss his new title Try This At Home. Folk-punk icon Frank Turner’s book explores his song-writing process by stripping apart thirty-six songs from his vast back catalogue, and this event not only saw him discuss it. It was an event for his fans, as he also performed a plethora of tracks before the evening drew to a close.

Born in 1981, from Meonstoke, Hampshire, Frank Turner is renowned for being in punk band, Million Dead, and then transitioning from being in a band to working solo, but also drastically changing his sound. Now with seven albums released with the most recent being Be More Kind, he has certainly matured and passed the test of time, with this move. This is clear from only just being able to get a seat in this venue this evening, and some die-hard fans being vocal at the book festival event.

From the offset him and Ian discuss his perception of himself and his work, preferring the term entertainer over artiste any day. They delve into the cobwebs, nostalgically discussing his connection to Beans on Toast and the Nambucca pub on Holloway Road, that no longer exists. Political song writing and the pigeon-holing that can lead to, writers block and his transition to going solo are all subjects touched upon before he takes questions from his loyal and militant fans.

Performing well-liked tracks such as Common Ground, I Am Disappeared and The Real Damage, there was a real improv style to this gig, with the artiste being open to suggestions from his fans. Although not quite to my taste, his lyrics clearly speak to his audience, can I stress how sold out this audience was once again. And they certainly seemed to walk away happy from this Aye Write event.

Try This At Home is now available, published by Headline.

Photo courtesy of Robbie Boyd.

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