This winter, activist, musician and all-round captivating performer, Billy Bragg will take to the stage at the De La Warr Pavilion as part of his UK tour.
More than 25 years ago Billy Bragg first took to the stage as a solo performer. His individual style and distinctive protest songs, combining elements of folk and punk, make him a respected and revered figure in the industry today.
Deemed as one of England’s greatest songwriters and performers, in recent years a growing number of younger musicians and audiences have been discovering his music. Jamie T, Kate Nash and Hard-Fi amongst many others have all name-checked Billy as a great influence on their career.
In 2008, Billy’s ‘Mr. Love & Justice’ album was released to much critical acclaim, and in the same year he was awarded Q magazine’s prestigious ‘Classic Songwriter’ award.
The start of 2010 saw him perform six songs in Pressure Drop at the Wellcome Gallery, a play that addresses pertinent social and political issues. In May, Billy defeated opposition in his hometown by supporting a campaign that culminated in the BNP losing all of their seats in his hometown of Barking. Currently Billy is supporting the ‘Jail Guitar Doors’ initiative, which aims to buy instruments as part of the rehabilitation process for prisoners in UK jails.
Billy Bragg continues to delight live audiences with his unique performance. His incredible musical catalogue spans 13 albums and includes the publically celebrated tracks A New England, Sexuality and Waiting for the Great Leap Forward.
“I often turn to no-nonsense, nimble witted, worldly wise Billy Bragg for some advice when I am for professional reasons looking into an event, phenomenon, trend, issue, movement, date, personality etc. As a formidable, inquisitive and globetrotting combination of storyteller, historian, activist, father, enthusiast, pilgrim, entertainer, minstrel, humorist, rambler, sermoniser and scholar, he's always got a point of view, a word of wisdom, a rigorous insight, a calming thought, an inspiring idea, a brilliant punchline, whatever it is I'm asking him about. Speaking to him, I am always alert to the transcendent fact that he made a cameo appearance in Bob Dylan's Chronicles, and that this lends a level of the hobo divine to his rugged common sense.” Paul Morley, The Guardian.
Support by Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore
Music is a balm most need in dark days, but we are in good hands with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore. Illuminating issues such as the culture of greed, consumption and apathy that has consumed the nation, this singer / songwriting duo do not shy away from dark issues, however their music is anything but solemn.
Their fusion of mountain music and rock combined with perfect harmonies and Moore's urgent vocals make their live shows something to savour.
It is little wonder that the calibre of music is so strong; both musicians come from an impressive pedigree. Clasically-trained cellist Ben Sollee is a member of Abigail Washburn's Sparrow Quartet, he has been chosen by NPR as one of the "Top 10 Unknown Artists of the Year" and his music has been featured on Showtime's Weeds. Daniel Martin Moore has worked with producer Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, U2, The Shins) on his first album Stray Age, and has become a critical darling, eliciting comparisons from Nick Drake to M. Ward.
Seated tickets are available in the Balcony - please call the Box Office on 01424 229 111 to book or click on the booking link on the right hand side for standing tickets.
Doors open at 7.30pm.
The De La Warr Restaurant is open for Pre-Concert Dining at this event. Please book your table by calling 01424 229 119 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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