David James Young • 31 July 2012

Troubadour, protester, a folk singer in the truest and most traditional form – that’s the iconic Billy Bragg for you in just a few words. Of course, words are hardly enough– how about countless albums, high-profile collaborations and a legion of fans worldwide? They speak pretty large volumes, too. The 54-year-old musician was announced yesterday as a part of the 2012 Melbourne Festival line-up, but today has also announced tour dates of his own.

For the Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me tour, his first in four years, Bragg will be playing additional shows in all capital cities. We do mean all, too – after the Melbourne Festival shows, Bragg heads to Tasmania for a show at Hobart’s Federation Hall. From there, he takes in Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. The shows are set to be split into two sets— the first celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of Woody Guthrie, and the second celebrating Bragg’s own momentous career. Bragg, an avid Guthrie fan, has released two album’s worth of music with indie rockers Wilco, where the group’s original compositions were set to previously unused lyrics from Woody’s archive– Mermaid Avenue (1998) and the imaginatively titled Mermaid Avenue Vol. II (2000). Last year, Bragg also complied a decade’s worth of songs for free download on a CD entitled Fight Songs.

These are set to be some very special shows, so why not take a chance on this remarkable folk-rock icon when he abandons looking for a new England and instead options for Australia this October?

Tickets go on sale next Monday, August 6th.

Friday 19th October – Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Saturday 20th October – Melbourne Recital Centre
Sunday 21st October – Federation Hall, Hobart
Tuesday 23rd October – Canberra Theatre

Thursday 25th October – QPAC, Brisbane
Saturday 27th October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday 31st October – Town Hall, Adelaide
Perth – Friday 2 November – Astor Theatre, Perth