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Bragg headlines St George's Day 'alternative'

PUBLISHED: 16:36 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010

Bragg: headlining a night for England

Bragg: headlining a night for England

BILLY Bragg headlines 'Looking For a New England,' an alternative celebration of St George's Day at the Barbican in the City on Wednesday (April 23). The singer-songwriter curates the evening and performs his classics from the Eighties, plus stuff from his new albumn

BILLY Bragg headlines Looking For a New England, an alternative celebration of St George's Day at the Barbican in the City on Wednesday (April 23), writes Eleanore Robinson.

The singer-songwriter curates the evening and performs his classic heartfelt, rough-hewn songs from the Eighties, plus stuff from his new album Mr Love & Justice.

Bragg has been singing and playing guitar since the 1970s, when he started out in British new wave band Riff Raff.

He then briefly joined the Army in the Tank regiment before buying his way out, something he later described as the best £175 he'd ever spent!

Bragg has also written a book, The Progressive Patriot: A Search for Belonging, which explores 'English' identity.

Dark folk band Rachel Unthank & The Winterset join him on stage, with songs from their album The Bairns, which was named as one of The Observer Music Monthly's top 50 albums of 2007.

Also making an appearance is Tom Clarke, lead singer of indie band The Enemy, and skiffle-inspired young London trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis.

Looking For a New England starts 7.30pm at the Barbican, Silk-street, in the City (Tube: Barbican). Tickets £15, £20 and £25 from the box office on 0845-1207750.

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