Image Courtesy of Billy Bragg
When I was watching the opening ceremony of the London Olympics over the weekend I kept thinking “what would Billy Bragg think of this?”. An odd thought I know but two parts of the ceremony led me to it – firstly the use of “Jerusalem”, the song favoured by Bragg to replace “God Save The Queen” as the British National Anthem, and secondly the representation of various protest movements (including the suffragettes and unionists) throughout. It turns out Bragg was watching the opening ceremony as he used it as a link to the anti-corporate rallys that have been happening in London via his Facebook – just how he felt about it though still remains a mystery.
Maybe I’ll have a chance to ask him though as Billy Bragg has just announced an Australian tour in October and November of this year titled Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me. The tour will feature a two part show from Bragg – the first half celebrating the legacy of Woody Guthrie no doubt taking a lot of material from Bragg’s Mermaid Avenue projects and the second exploring his own three decade long, 14 album repertoire. Billy Bragg will also appear as part of the 2012 Melbourne Festival where these two halves will be presented in two completely separate shows.
Tickets for the tour go on sale on Monday 6th August. The full list of dates are below:
Friday 19th October – Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC (Woody 100)
Saturday 20th October – Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC (Billy Bragg)
Sunday 21st October – Federation Hall, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday 23rd October – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th October – QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 31st October – Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd November – Astor Theatre, Perth, WA