Billy Bragg is set to visit Colston Hall Bristol and Exeter University Great Hall in 2013 as part of a huge UK tour.
Musician and political-activist Billy Bragg and his band will tour the UK in November and December, including a show at London’s 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, titled Tooth & Nail, is released by Cooking Vinyl on March 18.
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 production credits include Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello and Hugh Laurie) in his South Pasadena basement studio.
The 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.”