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Billy Bragg New Zealand Tour Announced

Billy Bragg New Zealand Tour Announced

Friday 3rd August, 2012 10:02AM

British folk singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg has been announced to tour New Zealand in October. The much respected musician returns with his 'Ain't Nobody That Can Sing Like Me' tour which sees him dedicate half the show to Woody Guthrie, covering his songs, and the second half delving into his vast back catalogue. Bragg plays dates across the country including a Christchurch earth quake benefit show but the details for this are still to come. Here is the current tour info...

Billy Bragg 'Ain't Nobody That Can Sing Like Me' New Zealand Tour

Friday 12 October, Town Hall (All Seated), Auckland
Saturday 13 October, The Opera House (All Seated), Wellington
Sunday 14 October, Otago Girls Auditorium, Dunedin (part of Otago Festival of The Arts)

Ticketing details below.

UPDATE: details of Bragg's CHCH show have now been revealed - click here for details.

Here is Bragg covering Woody Guthrie track 'I Ain't Got No Home'

And here's an oldie from Bragg's 1986 album Talking with the Taxman about Poetry - 'Levi Stubb's Tears'

Press Release:

Viv Lees, 95bFM, Real Groovy, Otago Festival Of The Arts and Groove Guide proudly presents

Billy Bragg ‘Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me’ Tour

AUCKLAND • Friday 12 October • Town Hall (All Seated)
WELLINGTON • Saturday 13 October • The Opera House (All Seated)
DUNEDIN • OTAGO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS • Sunday 14 October • Otago Girls Auditorium (All Seated)
CHRISTCHURCH • Quake Benefit tbc • info coming soon

Modern day troubadour Billy Bragg returns to New Zealand this October with a special new two part show: the first half of ‘Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me’ celebrates the legacy of WOODY GUTHRIE, the original alternative musician, while the second half explores Billy’s own extensive repertoire, highlighting the songs that have made him famous over his almost three decade, 14-album career.

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie, folk singer and ‘dust-bowl troubadour’, a prolific writer whose songs, ballads, prose and poetry championed the plight of the underdog. Billy Bragg has a special musical affinity with Woody – when Woody’s daughter Nora unearthed a treasure trove of her father’s unrecorded lyrics after his death, Billy Bragg and Wilco worked together setting these to music, creating the critically acclaimed Mermaid Avenue albums. The Complete Sessions has just been released, including Mermaid Avenue Vol. III. Billy will play songs from Woody’s extensive repertoire as well as the Mermaid Avenue albums, giving audiences new insights into one of the most influential figures in popular music, a man who inspired artists from Bob Dylan to Joe Strummer, as well as Billy himself.

In the show’s second half, Billy Bragg will take a trip through his back catalogue in his own inimitable style. In nearly three decades of performing and activism, Billy Bragg, described recently by the London Times as a "national treasure", has crafted an incredible collection of songs traversing the personal and the political. A guardian of the radical dissenting tradition that stretches back over centuries of political, cultural, and social history, Billy is a consummate performer and gifted raconteur. His live shows, like his songs, are funny, warm, sad and true.

Billy Bragg, ‘the Bard from Barking’, famously started out as a tank driver in the British Army. Things didn’t work out – “When you’ve driven one tank, you’ve driven them all” – and in early 1982 he found himself back on the streets of Barking, writing songs. Drawing inspiration from the DIY ethos of punk rock, he decided to take on the world single-handedly, armed with only an electric guitar. Billy’s songs were more punk than folk and he’s often described his earliest incarnation as ‘a one-man Clash’. His first album, ‘Life’s a Riot with Spy vs Spy’ came out in 1983.

Billy was politicised by Rock Against Racism in the late 1970s. He marshalled his songs in opposition to Margaret Thatcher, supporting the miners when they went on strike in 1984 and subsequently founding Red Wedge, a collective of left wing musicians who campaigned for the defeat of Thatcher at the 1987 election. Throughout his career, Billy Bragg has remained contemporary, providing his insightful, clear-eyed yet hopeful commentary on our times through social, political and technological change.

Although often defined by his political songs, Billy is also a writer of great love songs. He said “I write about the things make me angry: sometimes it’s the government, sometimes it’s the girl.” His songs describe the emotional peaks and troughs of love, navigating the difficult terrain of modern relationships.

Don’t miss Billy Bragg: “storyteller, historian, activist, father, enthusiast, pilgrim, entertainer, minstrel, humorist, rambler, sermoniser and scholar,” (The Guardian) touring in New Zealand this October.

AUCKLAND • Friday 12 October • Town Hall (All Seated)
TIX: www.buytickets.co.nz / 0800 BUY TICKETS / 09 357 3355

WELLINGTON • Saturday 13 October • The Opera House (All Seated)
TIX: www.ticketek.co.nz / 04 384 3840 or 0800 TICKETEK / 0800 842 538

DUNEDIN • OTAGO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS • Sunday 14 October • Otago Girls Auditorium (All Seated)
TIX: TicketDirect: www.ticketdirect.co.nz / 0800 224 224

CHRISTCHURCH • Quake Benefit tbc • info coming soon





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