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Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg

Apr 19th 2017 @ Sydney Opera House

Sydney, Australia
I Was There
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
8:00 PM
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia
109 RSVPs
Continuing his journey through American folklore, legendary British political songwriter Billy Bragg reunites on stage with Grammy Award-winner Joe Henry for a celebration of the great American railroad, the songs it inspired, and some favourites from their own classic catalogues.

Having first collaborated on Bragg's rustic Tooth & Nail album three years ago, veteran Americana producer Joe Henry (Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt) joined the political folk poet in 2016 on a 2,728 mile road trip through the tracks, pit-stops and people that join Chicago's Union Station to Los Angeles. Recorded on that journey, Shine a Light is a musical love-letter to the songs and socio-political climate that inspired the likes of Leadbelly, Hank Williams and Robert Johnson. In the words of Bragg himself, 'the railroad is one of those phrases like 'the west' that has an immediate and evocative sense of space and light, distance and hope, and fear'.

Now bringing the blueprint of modern folk to the fore alongside their own songbooks, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry return to the Concert Hall for a rousing ride through the possibilities of the railroad, and its undeniable stamp on their lives and music.

[Cover photo by Jacob Blickenstaff]