Billy Bragg Returns To Play Guthrie (And Bragg)

31 July 2012 | 9:00 am | Dan Condon

Billy Bragg returns to Australia this October with a new two-part show.

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Billy Bragg is a masterful songwriter, that is something that simply cannot be denied. He has, for decades now, committed hundreds of tales of love, politics and a number of different subject areas in between to tape and is adored all around the world for his songwriting aptitude.

He's also proven that he's a pretty damn good interpreter of songs that aren't his own, but ones that generally bear some kind of historical significance; the most striking example of course being his work on the Mermaid Avenue records where he, alongside Wilco, delived into some lost material from the great Woody Guthrie and made it his own.

So on his upcoming Australian tour, the Ain't Nobody That Can Sing Like Me tour, he is splitting his show in half, beginning with a celebration of Woody Guthrie's legacy – as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth in 2012 – and finishing up with a set of Bragg's own most loved songs from his 30 years in the game.

He'll also appear at the Melbourne Festival, playing both sets in separate performances.

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Dates and details are below. These will, as always, be very special shows.