Alexis Sanchez for player of the season? Don’t be ridiculous – Robbie Savage responds to your tweets and comments – Mirror.co.uk

March 23rd, 2017

Mirror.co.uk

Alexis Sanchez for player of the season? Don't be ridiculous - Robbie Savage responds to your tweets and comments
Mirror.co.uk
Toby Lynch @tobiaslynch146: Robbie Savage looks like Billy Bragg after a sleepless night. SAV SAYS: “I had to google Billy Bragg to check who he is, and what he looks like... and I have to say, the standard of my alleged lookalikes is going up. I can ...

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Never mind that panel show, British comic Phill Jupitus is a man of many talents – The Sydney Morning Herald

March 22nd, 2017

The Sydney Morning Herald

Never mind that panel show, British comic Phill Jupitus is a man of many talents
The Sydney Morning Herald
Jupitus started out as an illustrator for music fanzines in the early '80s, which led him into the creative mix of socialist activism at the the time, alongside Billy Bragg and Paul Weller and the anti-Thatcherite Red Wedge collective. He began opening ...

Should music get political? Songwriters share when it’s a good or bad idea – Kansas City Star (blog)

March 18th, 2017

Kansas City Star (blog)

Should music get political? Songwriters share when it's a good or bad idea
Kansas City Star (blog)
One of those songwriters was Billy Bragg, a self-avowed left-wing activist who was the conference's keynote speaker. The conference's theme was “Forbidden Folk: Celebrating Activism in Art,” a timely coincidence given the prevailing political environment.

Businesses need battle plan ready for Sally McManus’s union army – The Australian

March 17th, 2017

Businesses need battle plan ready for Sally McManus's union army
The Australian
These Labor values are a set of “working-class” beliefs mostly imbibed at middle-class institutions, for instance by university students who listen to Billy Bragg and rail against capitalism before becoming student union operatives, then expand their ...

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Ry Cooder to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Folk Radio UK (blog)

March 15th, 2017

Folk Radio UK (blog)

Ry Cooder to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Folk Radio UK (blog)
Ry Cooder, Al Stewart, Shirley Collins, Daoirí Farrell and Jim Moray will be joining previously announced Billy Bragg, Afro Celt Sound System and Fara on stage to perform at the prestigious event. Plus, there will be a special performance of the ...

A Rule of Tum | Vegan Night @ The Bookshop – Herefordshire Live

March 15th, 2017

Herefordshire Live

A Rule of Tum | Vegan Night @ The Bookshop
Herefordshire Live
We live in a world where there are vegan fried chicken shops and some of the bet athletes in the world eschew animal products. Veganism is no longer the perogative of tented communities and Billy Bragg fans. It's everywhere. And it's evolved from a ...

Film about how club TJ’s was ‘at the heart’ of Newport – BBC News

March 14th, 2017

BBC News

Film about how club TJ's was 'at the heart' of Newport
BBC News
Sometimes a nightclub can capture the spirit of a city and come to represent the dreams and aspirations of many alienated people who live in it. That is the role filmmaker Nathan Jennings believes TJ's had in Newport, with its influence growing out of ...

Folk punk band Ferocious Dog play at Talking Heads – Hampshire Chronicle

March 13th, 2017

Hampshire Chronicle

Folk punk band Ferocious Dog play at Talking Heads
Hampshire Chronicle
From playing Billy Bragg's Left Field stage at Glastonbury in front of a massive crowd, to sharing the stage with The Levellers on their sold out European and UK tour in November and December and many sold out shows in-between. Ferocious Dog left the ...

Interview: Inside the mind of Bluesfest director Peter Noble – the AU review (blog)

March 12th, 2017

the AU review (blog)

Interview: Inside the mind of Bluesfest director Peter Noble
the AU review (blog)
I just saw Billy Bragg play in Glasgow, in the Old Fruit Market, which of course is an old fruit market which has been changed into a theatre. I have to tell you that show he does with Joe Henry that is a beauty. I remember meeting him many years ago ...

Svala sings Iceland’s entry to the Eurovision song contest – Iceland … – Iceland Monitor

March 12th, 2017

Iceland Monitor

Svala sings Iceland's entry to the Eurovision song contest - Iceland ...
Iceland Monitor
"I really believed in this song and I knew that I could stand with it however this contest turned out," says Svala Björgvinsdóttir. Her song Paper was voted to be ...

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From Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran to Boardmasters – the brilliant gigs staged by Cornwall’s SW1 – Cornwall Live

March 10th, 2017

Cornwall Live

From Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran to Boardmasters - the brilliant gigs staged by Cornwall's SW1
Cornwall Live
Ash, Echo and the Bunnymen, Billy Bragg, Gomez, The Subways, Funeral For A Friend and, way down the bill, a pre-fame My Chemical Romance played across three nights in Truro. SW1 proved to ecstatic fans that Cornwall need not be starved of big-name ...

There are a million reasons why you should head to The Gum Ball this year, but here are our top 5 – Happy

March 9th, 2017

Happy

There are a million reasons why you should head to The Gum Ball this year, but here are our top 5
Happy
Kim Churchill, after playing Falls Festival stages and touring with Billy Bragg, will be returning to The Gum Ball 2017 to showcase his new album. The Funk Hunters, fresh out of Canada, will be showing off their old-school turntable skills. Hello Hello!

George Michael paid for Deal or No Deal contestant’s IVF, says former executive producer – Cessnock Advertiser

March 7th, 2017

George Michael paid for Deal or No Deal contestant's IVF, says former executive producer
Cessnock Advertiser
Fellow musician Billy Bragg reminded his Twitter followers on Boxing Day that the singer played free concerts open to any nurse working in the UK's National Health Service to express his gratitude to those who looked after his late mother during her ...

VIDEO: Talented Chris wins prize at UK Americana Awards 2017 on the back of touring with Billy Bragg – Stoke Sentinel

March 7th, 2017

Stoke Sentinel

VIDEO: Talented Chris wins prize at UK Americana Awards 2017 on the back of touring with Billy Bragg
Stoke Sentinel
Talented Chris Hillman who shot to success after a tour with folk singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has now won a national music prize. The 29-year-old – known as CJ – has been named the Instrumentalist of the Year at the UK Americana Awards 2017. It comes ...

NHS march: Recap after thousands gather in London for OurNHS rally to protest against cuts to services – Mirror.co.uk

March 4th, 2017

Mirror.co.uk

NHS march: Recap after thousands gather in London for OurNHS rally to protest against cuts to services
Mirror.co.uk
Bernie Sanders' brother Larry, singer Billy Bragg and Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh were also among the supporters. The national demonstration began in Tavistock Square at noon and participants marched to Parliament Square for 2pm for the ...

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Book reading by former Spacemen 3 member Will Carruthers – Iceland Monitor

March 4th, 2017

Iceland Monitor

Book reading by former Spacemen 3 member Will Carruthers
Iceland Monitor
Fleet Foxes, Billy Bragg, Mammút, JFDR + more acts announced for Iceland Airwaves 2017. Iceland Airwaves have just announced that Fleet Foxes will be playing two shows during this year´s festival. The legendary Billy Bragg will also be performing, as ...

Billy Bragg: “I’ll keep away from politics if it keeps away from me” – Bournemouth Echo

March 4th, 2017

Bournemouth Echo

Billy Bragg: "I'll keep away from politics if it keeps away from me"
Bournemouth Echo
"If it was me and Joe in a studio, it would be trite," says Bragg, whose hometown is Burton Bradstock. "Bill and Joe like trains, that would be the album. But it's the context here. Context is everything. "We didn't want to make a nostalgic record, we ...

Wear red, down tools and buy local for International Women’s Day – The Guardian

March 3rd, 2017

The Guardian

Wear red, down tools and buy local for International Women's Day
The Guardian
Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, will join Bianca Jagger and artists including Emilie Sandé, Billy Bragg and the Olympic Suffragettes. “Our solidarity and the fight for the equal rights of women should ...

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Terms and Conditions: the bloviating cruft of the iTunes EULA combined with extraordinary comic book mashups – Boing Boing

March 3rd, 2017

Boing Boing

Terms and Conditions: the bloviating cruft of the iTunes EULA combined with extraordinary comic book mashups
Boing Boing
Famously, no one had ever looked at the Myspace T&C's, so everyone was genuinely surprised when Billy Bragg pointed out that the company was claiming ownership of all the music its users uploaded to their bands' pages. T&C prose is thus a kind of ...

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Listen: “Art Is Long,” A New Playlist – Nonesuch Records

March 2nd, 2017

Listen: "Art Is Long," A New Playlist
Nonesuch Records
We've put together a playlist of a few songs to remind ourselves that while life and, hopefully, trying times are short, art is long. Featuring music from Randy Newman, Conor Oberst, Rhiannon Giddens, Ry Cooder, Laurie Anderson, Billy Bragg & Wilco, ...

George Michael paid for Deal or No Deal contestant’s IVF, says former executive producer – Warrnambool Standard

March 2nd, 2017

George Michael paid for Deal or No Deal contestant's IVF, says former executive producer
Warrnambool Standard
Fellow musician Billy Bragg reminded his Twitter followers on Boxing Day that the singer played free concerts open to any nurse working in the UK's National Health Service to express his gratitude to those who looked after his late mother during her ...

Reykjavik Folk Festival starts today! – Iceland Monitor

March 2nd, 2017

Iceland Monitor

Reykjavik Folk Festival starts today!
Iceland Monitor
Reykjavik Folk Festival will take place over the weekend at Kex Hostel. The festival is known for being diverse within its genre and this year it's no different. Ranging from ancient folk band Umbra Ensemble, to the up and coming girls in RuGl ...

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Sammy Andrews launches Deviate Digital – Music Business Worldwide

March 1st, 2017

Music Business Worldwide

Sammy Andrews launches Deviate Digital
Music Business Worldwide
Along with several in-house roles over the years at 19 Entertainment and Cooking Vinyl, Andrews has worked with artists including Annie Lennox, Billy Bragg, The Prodigy, start-ups, managers, labels, DSPs and PROs as well as non-music projects with the ...

Ash Wednesday in Iceland – Iceland Monitor

March 1st, 2017

Iceland Monitor

Ash Wednesday in Iceland
Iceland Monitor
It's Ash Wednesday, a day where children in Iceland dress up in fancy-dress and go out to collect sweets. It's kind of like the Icelandic version of Halloween. Police ask drivers to be particularly careful today with all the children out and about ...

At Folk Alliance International Conference, Protest Songs Unite Guitarists Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, Tift Merritt … – Acoustic Guitar

February 24th, 2017

Acoustic Guitar

At Folk Alliance International Conference, Protest Songs Unite Guitarists Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, Tift Merritt ...
Acoustic Guitar
Woody Guthrie famously placed a sign that read “This machine kills fascists” on his acoustic guitar in 1941, signaling that his instrument—combined with the collective strength of those who heard his music—wielded the power to topple corrupt leaders ...