British singer-songwriter Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls will soon descent upon Kingston’s Ale House on September 25 as part of their Be More Kind World Tour.
UPDATE: See some photos and tweets for the show below!
Turner will be supported by Bad Cop / Bad Cop and Sam Caffey & The Iron Lungs, following shows in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. The singer will be promoting his latest album, Be More Kind, which features the singles 1933 and Little Changes.
Speaking to the Kingston Herald, Frank Turner talked about his excitement at returning to Kingston to perform and highlighted how important it is for musicians not just to play the major cities when they tour.
He said: “I grew up in a town that was off the beaten path as far as touring is concerned, so I always enjoy going to smaller towns. It’s also more fun for me to see new places on my travels and to meet new people.
“I’ve been through Kingston once before and had a good time, it’s nice to be coming back.”
Turner’s previous visit to Kingston came while on the road with Northcote in 2016, when the pair played two shows at the Mansion, meaning Ale House will be Turner’s biggest Kingston show to date.
Along with Northcote, Frank Turner can often be seen performing with Canadian legends the Arkells, who played the K Rock Centre last November. Turner and the Hamilton band have formed a close friendship over their time touring together and the Arkells have given the Englishman some Canadian tips themselves.
Frank Turner said: “The Arkells have become great friends of mine, and their excellent music has certainly exerted an influence on my own creativity, especially with my new record, Be More Kind, which I was working on while we were on tour together.
“They’ve been telling me I need to explore more of Canada and get out to Newfoundland.”
Of all the songs on Turner’s new album, Make America Great Again, is perhaps the most political, acting as both a reproach to and a love song for the United States. When we asked what a similar song for Canada might sound like, Frank Turner was coy.
“Ha, well, I’m sure there are things to get into in Canadian politics right now,” he responded, “but it’s not quite on the same level as what’s happening with the US presidency – thankfully! Canadians are warm and welcoming people (like most Americans) for us.
“It’d be a happy song.”
Frank Turner generously offered up two free passes to see his show and we presented them on Facebook to Brian Bernardi, who snapped a number pix from the concert including the two below.
Brian wrote us that Frank Turner told the audience he only has two rules at his shows:
1. Don’t be an A**hole
2. If you know the words, sing along; if you don’t, dance!
And check out these pix and videos posted from the Ale House show, including one by Frank Turner himself:
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