portrait of this blog's author - by Stephen Blackman 2008
Friday, March 26, 2021
Emily Barker and Frank Turner - Evening of Duets 8th April 2021
I hope you're safe and well.
On Saturday 19th August 2006, as with every Saturday back then, bands, fans and friends gathered inside the sweaty darkness of the Windmill in Brixton, South London, as part of the regular "Sadder Days" night, organised by alt-country heroes The Tailors.
That particular night, I played a set with The Red Clay Halo, and a singer called Frank Turner was in the crowd. If memory serves me correctly, Frank came up to me after the show and offered me a tour support. He remembers it differently, and doesn't think he was popular enough even to share the stage back then. One of us is definitely right - we're just not sure who!
Either way, a bond was formed; a collaboration and a friendship started that's now nearly old enough to buy us both a drink.
Over the years, you might have seen us perform 'Fields of June' or 'Old Flames' together, but for the first time, I'm proud to announce that Frank and I will be live streaming a full show together, sharing an entire set of duets ranging from country classics to glam pop, alongside some rare originals and the debut of a brand new song written by us both.
It would have been a huge missed opportunity not to call it the Barker-Turner Overdrive, and so we have! And on Thursday 8th April, we will be performing a special set with full production from the beloved Tunbridge Wells Forum.
We'll be playing our songs accompanied by some amazing musicians: Matt Nasir, Lukas Drinkwater, Jess Guise, and one of the UK's finest string quartets, Carducci Strings (with arrangements by Joe Duddell).
We very much hope you'll join us for the 'Barker-Turner Overdrive - an evening of duets' because (sorry) you ain't seen nothin' yet!