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Billy Bragg, the English singer-songwriter famous not only for his music, but also for his political activism, will enchant the evenings of his fans in North America and Europe, with a tour that will start in June and will go on for the entire summer.
“The Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me Tour “ will start in the U.K., and will see Bragg extensively perform in several cities of Europe for about one month, starting with a performance at the John Peel Centre of Suffolk, UK, on May 4. Subsequently, he will jump into a North American tour for about another month, during which he will hit the roads of States, such as Illinois, Virginia, New York and Maryland, and will also touch Canada. He will then carry on another month of touring, mostly in the U.K., until mid-September.
The tour will be a celebration, with the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, of the life and legacy of singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie, whose musical interest was also blended with political activism.
The tour follows the release of “Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions” on April 21, on Nonesuch Records. The collection is a further step in the project undertaken by Bragg and alternative rock band Wilco years ago, composing the music to accompany words written by Guthrie. Nora Guthrie, daughter of the folk musician, proposed to Bragg and Wilco to accompany some of her father’s lyrics which were missing music that Guthrie never recorded.
Part of the collection is a re-release, with two of the volumes dating back to 1998 and 2000. The collection includes the original two volumes (the second one is remastered) plus a third volume, with 17 previously unreleased tracks, recorded during the original sessions. Furthermore, the 1999 documentary on the sessions “Man in the Sand,” and a 48-page booklet with notes by Nora Guthrie, lyrics, photos, and facsimiles of lyric sheets and sketches by Woody Guthrie are also included.
The collection has been defined a must-have by specialists and it has received an extremely positive reaction by the industry, with remarkable reviews by BBC Music, Q Magazine, Pitchfork and more. The reaction to the collection sets an, at least, interesting basis for the upcoming Billy Bragg tour.
Here is the entire schedule of Billy Bragg’s tour:
May 4 John Peel Centre, Suffolk, UK
May 17 Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin, GERMANY
May 18 Fabrik, Hamburg, GERMANY
May 19 Faust, Hanover, GERMANY
May 20 Ringkirche, Wiesbaden, GERMANY
May 22 Zeche, Bochum, GERMANY
May 23 Paradiso, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
May 25 Handelsbeurs, Gent, BELGIUM
May 27 Manufaktur, Schorndorf, GERMANY
May 28 Club Ampere, Munich, GERMANY
May 29 Viadukt, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
May 31 Volkshaus, Graz, AUSTRIA
Jun 1 Flex, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Jun 3 The Apple Cart Festival, London, UK
Jun 5 Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales, UK
Jun 22&23 Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Jun 24 The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI
Jun 26 The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA
Jun 28 Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA
Jun 29 Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, ME
Jun 30 The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH
Jul 1 Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT
Jul 5&6 Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, MB
Jul 8 Mariposa Folk Festival, Orillia, ON
Jul 10 Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI
Jul 12 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Okemah, OK
Jul 13 City Winery (w/ Steve Earle’s “WoodyFest”), New York, NY
Jul 15 Avalon Theatre, Easton, MD
Jul 26 Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge, UK
Aug 11 Way Out West, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Aug 17 Strummer of Love, Somerset, UK
Aug 18 Beautiful Days Festival, Devon, UK
Aug 17 Summer Sundae Weekend, Leicester, UK
Aug 24 Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire, UK
Aug 25 Solfest, Tarns, UK
Aug 26 Galtres Festival, Crayke, UK
Aug 27 Voewood Festival, Norfolk, UK
Sep 11 St. Ives September Festival, St. Ives, UK
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