Billy Bragg and his band will tour the UK in November and December, including London Royal Festival Hall. This is in addition to the short run of June dates already announced. Billy's first new studio album in five years, TOOTH AND NAIL, is released by Cooking Vinyl on March 18.
Presale - 9am Wednesday 20th Feb via billybragg.co.uk
General Sale - 9am Friday 22nd Feb
Mon 18 Nov CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE
Tue 19 Nov DERBY ASSEMBLY ROOMS
Wed 20 Nov BRISTOL COLSTON HALL
Fri 22 Nov CARDIFF ST. DAVIDS HALL
Sun 24 Nov BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
Mon 25 Nov LEEDS TOWN HALL
Tue 26 Nov MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL
Wed 27 Nov GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL
Thu 28 Nov GATESHEAD THE SAGE GATESHEAD
Sat 30 Nov SHEFFIELD CITY HALL
Sun 01 Dec LONDON ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL
Mon 02 Dec SOUTHAMPTON GUILDHALL
Thu 05 Dec EXETER GREAT HALL
New single - 'No One Knows Nothing Anymore' - Cooking Vinyl - available to download from Feb 11th
New album - Tooth & Nail (Cooking Vinyl) release March 18, 2013
Billy Bragg releases his first new studio album in five years Tooth & Nail on Cooking Vinyl records on March 18 2013. Available formats are CD, LP and a limited special edition CD+DVD Bookpack. The limited special edition Bookpack includes the CD, a 36 page booklet containing exclusive photos and a collection of columns written by Billy originally published in Q magazine between 2008 and 2011, plus a DVD of 10 promotional videos that Billy made for his singles between 1986 - 2002.
Drawing on personal rather than political themes, Tooth & Nail was recorded over a whirlwind five-day session with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry (whose impeccable production credits include Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello and Hugh Laurie) in his South Pasadena basement studio. With Joe taking Billy out of his comfort zone (all vocals were recorded live without retakes or overdubs) the album features an accomplished crew of musicians, including Greg Leisz (Bon Iver), Patrick Warren (Lana Del Rey), Jay Bellerose (Regina Spektor) and David Piltch (Ramblin' Jack Eliot). The spontaneous results are, according to Billy, a return to the rootsy sound of 1998's Mermaid Avenue sessions he recorded with Wilco - drawing on soul, country and folk music influences to explore the ups and downs of relationships that have stood the test of time.
In his own words: "In 2011, I took a long, hard look at who I am and what I do. This album is the result."
Permanently active beyond music and consistently playing to audiences around the world, this period also saw Billy establish the Jail Guitar Doors initiative and lend support to numerous causes including the anti-fascist campaign Hope Not Hate and the Occupy Movement. In 2010, he began to curate the Left Field at Glastonbury Festival, with the aim of highlighting new political artists. He recently delivered the 2012 John Peel Lecture.