38 Classic tracks compiled from the BBC archive spanning 1983 to 2019


Fully remastered many previously unreleased


Includes selected highlights from sessions for John Peel, David Jensen, Janice Long, Phill Jupitus, Bob Harris, Tom Robinson & more

“Work in progress. That’s how John Peel thought of his evening sessions, offering artists the opportunity to try out new songs in a studio environment. That’s how I looked at them too. The confirmation of a Peel session date was a signal to get my ideas together, to define material that had hitherto been little more than words scribbled on a page or a tune thrashed out during a sound check.

That’s why some of the tracks here have a different phrasing and arrangement to that which appeared on record. The songs were so new, you can hear I’m still feeling my way into them. Several were conceived and written the night before the session. In one case, I actually composed a song from scratch while the show was on air. That rawness was always a key component of my BBC sessions, the thrill of putting something out there for the very first time.

And here I’ve collected all the best moments across 36 years of my ongoing work in progress.”

Billy Bragg 2019

38 Classic tracks compiled from the BBC archive spanning 1983 to 2019

Fully remastered many previously unreleased

Includes selected highlights from sessions for John Peel, David Jensen, Janice Long, Phill Jupitus, Bob Harris, Tom Robinson & more

“Work in progress. That’s how John Peel thought of his evening sessions, offering artists the opportunity to try out new songs in a studio environment. That’s how I looked at them too. The confirmation of a Peel session date was a signal to get my ideas together, to define material that had hitherto been little more than words scribbled on a page or a tune thrashed out during a sound check.

That’s why some of the tracks here have a different phrasing and arrangement to that which appeared on record. The songs were so new, you can hear I’m still feeling my way into them. Several were conceived and written the night before the session. In one case, I actually composed a song from scratch while the show was on air. That rawness was always a key component of my BBC sessions, the thrill of putting something out there for the very first time.

And here I’ve collected all the best moments across 36 years of my ongoing work in progress.”

Billy Bragg 2019

Limited Edition Triple White Vinyl | Black Vinyl | Double CD

Limited Edition Triple White Vinyl | Black Vinyl | Double CD

Signed prints and 48mm enamel badge replica of Billy’s iconic Burns Steer guitar available from the official store. Pre order and get an instant download of A New England recorded for John Peel in 1983

Signed prints and 48mm enamel badge replica of Billy’s iconic Burns Steer guitar available from the official store. Pre order and get an instant download of A New England recorded for John Peel in 1983
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Triple Black Vinyl

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Limited Edition Triple White Vinyl

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Signed LP Art Print

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Triple Black Vinyl

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Double Disc CD

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Signed CD Insert

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Enamel Badge

 “After more than three decades of travelling around the world in a van, or spending all day flying vast distances to play a gig, I’m looking forward to having some time to explore cities that I usually only get to see between the soundcheck and the show. And this three night stand format is a way of keeping things interesting, both for me and the audience. I tried it out in Auckland recently and had a lot of fun revisiting my back pages.” Billy Bragg 2019

In each town Bragg will perform three unique shows on consecutive nights.The first night’s performance will feature Bragg’s current set, which ranges across his 35 year career. The second will see Bragg perform songs from his first three albums: his punk rock debut Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy (1983), its similarly raw follow-up Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (1984) and Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986). The third performance will see Bragg perform songs from his second three albums: the positively jangled Workers Playtime (1988), the pop classic Don’t Try This at Home (1991) and the back-to-basics William Bloke (1996).

As a member of the public I can assure @royalmailnews that I support the posties in their strike action!To quote the great @billybragg #ThereIsPowerInAUnion #WeRiseAgain https://twitter.com/cwunews/status/1186306839148945408

The key to the radicalisation of the Tory party and why it is in the state it is today: Moderates compromise incessantly, the radicals not at all. https://twitter.com/bbclaurak/status/1186363909218942977

Singer/Songwriter and activist Billy Bragg performs a solo acoustic set at the Fraser Performance Studio, covering themes from socialism to toxic masculinity http://bit.ly/2x6Fzs5 @wgbh @billybragg

Wed Oct 16th, 2019

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"Where’s Wiggy?” It’s a shout often heard at a Billy Bragg gig. It asks the whereabouts of my old friend and sideman, who will have been familiar to anyone who followed me during the 1980s and early 90s. Back then he looked after me (and my guitars), onstage (and off), and played guitar (and bass). All before leading my first touring band, the Red Stars.

Well! I can tell you where he’ll be on Saturday 8th February next year - At Dingwalls - Camden Lock - London.

To celebrate Wiggy’s 60th birthday, RIFF RAFF, the band that we formed together during the 1970s, are getting themselves back together for the occasion - featuring the line-up that recorded the classic Cosmonaut EP for Chiswick Records in 1977.

Obviously, being part birthday party/part gig, there are lots of family and friends coming along. Do not expect cake but we are putting a couple of hundred tickets on sale now via this link. Get 'em while their hot!

Tickets & Information: http://po.st/riffraffdingwalls
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Mon Oct 14th, 2019

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Thu Oct 10th, 2019

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My dear friend Kirsty MacColl would have been 60 years old today. Most people who know my work are familiar with her brilliant version of 'A New England', but here's a song of mine that she also covered and, again, did a better job than I ever could ever do in singing it.

Happy Birthday Kirsty. Miss you lots xx
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