Published Jul 07, 2013English folk-punk Frank Turner and his band the Sleeping Souls got the Saturday evening crowd moving, while simultaneously acting as a hype man for the upcoming Hold Steady set. It was refreshing to see that he was genuinely excited to be watching and playing alongside the other bands at the festival — a sentiment also expressed in "Try This At Home," which made an early appearance in the set. He was a long way from home, but paid tribute to his native UK with songs like "If Ever I Stray" and "Wessex Boy." He also acknowledged his love for Canada, covering the Weakerthans' "A Plea From a Cat Named Virtute" and, as he told the audience, getting the song's title tattooed on him the day before. For his latest single "Recovery," Turner had the crowd doing jumping jacks, while closer "Photosynthesis" had everyone sitting on the ground, only to hop up at Turner's command. Closing out a fun, high energy show, Turner returned for one more song, opting to slow things down with Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road" and leaving the crowd satisfied.
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