Renowned English folk/punk artist Frank Turner visited the Institute last month to give a masterclass to our students.
Frank’s association with the Institute began last year when he judged the Shure Songwriting Award, selecting two budding songwriters for scholarships at the school. Frank played through a selection of his songs and discuss their structure, technique and influence as well as giving the students the opportunity to ask any questions they had about his career.
Since the demise of Million Dead, the hardcore quartet he fronted, Frank has been on a constant upward curve. His fourth album, 2011’s England Keep My Bones, sold more than 100,000 copies and entered the UK Charts at number 12. Its follow-up, last year’s Tape Deck Heart ushered in a new level of success. It entered the UK Charts at Number 2 and the iTunes Charts at Number 1 and has sold 200,000 copies so far. With this release, everything on a ‘Successful Album Campaign’ checklist has been struck: a high billing on the main stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals, the Radio 1 A-List, the Radio 1 Live Lounge, a sold-out UK arena tour and he even won Celebrity Mastermind, with Iron Maiden as his specialist subject.