WOMADelaide Announces Billy Bragg

Veteran political singer-songwriter Billy Bragg is WOMADelaide’s first 2014 artist announcement.

Veteran political singer-songwriter Billy Bragg is WOMADelaide’s first 2014 artist announcement.

The English musician will perform on the closing night of the four-day music, art and dance March festival. It will be the first time the left wing activist and singer will perform at WOMADelaide. Ian Scobie, WOMADelaide Director, says he is thrilled that Bragg is part of the 2014 program. “In an increasingly superficial music market, we’re delighted to program one of the world’s most endearing champions of ‘songwriting with a message’ in Billy Bragg,” Scobie said in a press release. “Bragg’s performances are as much about thoughtful songs as his compelling and often hilarious storytelling in between so I’m sure he will go down a treat with our audience.” Bragg is a former punk rocker who went folk and has released 17 albums over his distinguished career including the Mermaid Avenue albums with Wilco, where Bragg and Wilco performed music to previously unheard lyrics by American folk singer Woody Guthrie. Bragg’s latest album is 2013’s Tooth & Nail. WOMADelaide’s next program announcement will be on October 21. womadelaide.com.au    

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