Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg supports Jail Guitar Doors initiative with ‘Breaking Rocks’ charity album

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg supports Jail Guitar Doors initiative with ‘Breaking Rocks’ charity album. In support of the Jail Guitar Doors initiative, an organization set up by Billy Bragg which aims to provide instruments to those who are using music as a way of achieving the rehabiliation of prison inmates, July 26th will see the release of a download album from which all profits will be used to fund return visits to UK prisons. The initiative is supported by Strummerville, the Joe Strummer Foundation For New Music, plus has seen involvement from the likes of Mick Jones (The Clash), Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), Wayne Kramer (MC5) and Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape, Fly). Released via Silverdoor Records, the album will be priced at £8 and will feature 31 tracks, including an exclusive recording of Billy Bragg live from one of Her Majestys Prisons, plus tracks from Pete & The Pirates, Baddies, The Neat, The Victorian English Gentlemans Club, Kids Love Lies, and many more (full tracklisting below). Breaking Rocks ‘ Charity Album // Out 26th July via Silverdoor Records

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly returns

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly returns

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly returns

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly returns.  Following on from his appearance at SXSW this year where he appeared with Billy Bragg and friends to help re-launch the Jail Guitar Doors project Sam Duckworth, otherwise known as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. has announced various Summer festival appearances and a short UK tour. He is also making a new song available as a FREE download. “Morning Light” is now available from Sam’s official website and will also appear on the new album due on September 13th.  Sam, who has recently signed to a new record label – Cooking Vinyl, says: “After a 2 year studio stint, I’m happy to be able to start the journey toward the record coming out, by offering you a free download in Morning Light. I am also pleased to announce a handful of shows to give you all a first taste of the record and to dust off some of the songs from the previous 2 albums. I hope you enjoy the song, can make the shows and I look forward to seeing you over the summer…”


24 – Southampton, Joiners
25 – Glastonbury Festival [Leftfield Stage @ 6pm]

10 – Leeds, Garforth Arts Festival
18 – Cockermouth Festival
25 – Hitchin, Rhythms of the World Festival
30 – Matlock, Y not Festival

10 – Manchester, Deaf Institute (18+)
11 – London, The Borderline (14+)
12 – Nottingham, Rock City Basement (14+)
13 – Edinburgh, Electric Circus (14+)

11 – Ivybridge, Ivy Live Festival

Jail House Rocks: Mick Jones and Topper Headon reunite

Mick JonesLegendary Clash members Mick Jones and Topper Headon were reunited in the studio for the first time in 27 years when they joined Billy Bragg for a recording aimed at promoting the folk singer’s Jail Guitar Doors campaign.Started two years ago, the Jail Guitar Doors initiative helps to supply musical instruments to prison inmates, to aid with their rehabilitation, and has so far seen several ‘graduates’ of the scheme pursue careers as performers after their release from jail. Bragg, Jones and Headon were backed by a band comprising former inmates Leon Continue reading →

Against Me!

against-meThe roots of Against Me!’s rousing punk-folk sound lie in Tom Gabel’s guitar-and-stool troubadourship around his native Gainesville, FL, beginning in 1997. The then 17-year-old Gabel performed as a solo act wherever anyone would have him, drawing much influence from early acoustic protest music. The band around him would eventually solidify by 2001 — including guitarist James Bowman, drummer Warren Oakes, and bassist Andrew Seward — and get considerably louder as punk bands often do. But there would always be some anarchism and Billy Bragg in the raucous braggadocio. After a few initial 12″ and 7″ releases, Against Me! issued the fan-favorite Reinventing Axl Rose through No Idea in 2002. The underground hit blended elements of punk, folk, and country into socially conscious and impassioned anthems for late-night basement shows and bars. Continuing their reputation of always being on the road, countless tour dates were played around the country. The slightly more polished As the Eternal Cowboy followed from Fat Wreck in 2003, and after a DVD (We’re Never Going Home) and another 7″, the band returned with their most mature effort to date, 2005′s Searching for a Former Clarity. A subsequent headlining tour in support of the introspective and politically aggressive album saw the band proudly hitting every U.S. state. They signed to Sire Records in December 2005 and were back on the road by spring 2006 opening for the Alkaline Trio. That summer found Against Me! on the main stage at Warped Tour, their first time on the festival. Though the guys were officially now on the roster at Sire, they released the live album Americans Abroad!!! Against Me!!! Live in London!!! on Fat Wreck in August 2006. Recorded while on tour in London with Murder by Death, it harnessed the band’s notoriously invigorating live show as well as any album could. Finally, in July of the following year, the band’s major-label debut, New Wave, a decidedly more rock-oriented record produced by Butch Vig, hit shelves

Springsteen honors Seeger at 90th birthday concert

bruceA star-studded medley of musical guests played tribute to Pete Seeger at a benefit concert for the legendary folk singer’s 90th birthday.  Bruce Springsteen , Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Ani DiFranco and John Mellencamp were among the 40 musicians performing in Madison Square Garden for the Sunday night show, a benefit to raise awareness for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an organization Seeger started to preserve and protect the Hudson River.  A lone light shone on Seeger as he opened the show playing a flute solo called “Menomonee Love Song.” As the lights came up, they revealed the outline of a sloop, fitting for an event dubbed the Clearwater Concert after the organization’s vessel, the gaff sloop Clearwater.  The crowd ranged from teens to octogenarians and perhaps even older. Springsteen brought them to laughter as he introduced Seeger.  “He’s gonna look a lot like your granddad that wears flannel shirts and funny hats. He gonna look like your granddad if your granddad can kick your ass,” the Boss said. “At 90, he remains a stealth dagger through the heart of our country’s illusions about itself.”  John Mellencamp came out early and performed, “If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song).”  “It was the very first song I learned how to play on guitar,” he said. Most of the evening consisted of multiple artists performing together with one highlight coming before the intermission. Pete Seeger joined by Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, and others for a spiritual version of “We Shall Overcome.”  Arlo Guthrie, son of folk legend Woody Guthrie, was joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep.”  Tom Morello was the evening’s interloper, performing four numbers with different artists. The most impressive was his duet with Springsteen near the end of the show. The pair traded verses on Springsteen’s “the Ghost of Tom Joad.” The former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist also performed “John Henry” with Tom Paxton, and “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy,” with Taj Mahal.  Dave Matthews told the crowd: “The first concert that my mother took me to was Pete Seeger.” Then he launched into a searing version of “Whiskey Rye Whiskey.”  Seeger and the rest of the evening’s performers came on stage for an extended cover of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is My Land.” They came back on for several encores and at the end brought out the entire Seeger family.  Proceeds from the event will go toward preserving and protecting the Hudson River.

Kate Nash turns DJ for night at KOKO

kate-nashKATE NASH is set to play a special DJ set at Camden’s KOKO venue.  The singer will spin the decks as part of the Propaganda indie club night, the UK’s biggest indie club night with 8 nights across the country including the esteemed Friday night slot at the brand new £5 million Gatecrasher Birmingham.   On Wednesday 27th May, Propaganda, which has played host to other special guest DJs including Lily Allen, Kaiser Chiefs and Editors, lands at KOKO.  That night, Nash will team up with DJ Dan, Oasis’ after show party DJ of choice, to play a very specialaudio-visual DJ set mixing the best new & classic indie alternative music  Advance tickets are from £6, with further information available from

 Kate Marie Nash (born 6 July 1987) is an English singer-songwriter based in London. She had a UK #2 hit “Foundations” in 2007, followed by the platinum selling UK number 1 album Made of Bricks.

Early life
Nash was born in London on 6 July 1987. She grew up in Harrow, North West London. Nash first became interested in music during her childhood. She learned how to play the piano at Sandbach School. She attended St. John Fisher School (in Pinner) and moved onto the St Joan of Arc Catholic School, Rickmansworth. She was taught guitar by teacher Louis Mitchell. She studied Theatre at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in South London. She auditioned at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School but was rejected, after which she fell down a flight of stairs, breaking her foot. During her recovery, she was housebound and unable to move, so her mother bought her an electric guitar. Nash used this time to focus on her songwriting: she began to write some new songs, finished old ones and decided that she would book a gig at a local bar in Harrow called Trinity on Gayton Road for herself, to showcase her songs.

Nash started her career in 2006. After several gigs, Nash uploaded her music to the social networking website MySpace. Nash found a manager for herself before proceeding to look for producers for her music.

Moshi Moshi Records
Nash’s debut was a single, “Caroline’s a Victim”/”Birds,” produced and recorded in Iceland by Valgeir Sigurí°sson and released through Moshi Moshi Records in February 2007. The release was limited to 1000 copies, and was available on only 7″ vinyl. Due to demand another 1000 copies were made and sold out. CD Promo copies were produced for distribution to the press and DJs etc, and are occasionally available for sale. It is also featured on the CD “Moshi Moshi Singles Compilation”. A video for the song was released and received airplay on MTV2. The video, directed by Kinga Burza. The B-side, “Birds”, later featured on her début album, Made of Bricks. Both tracks have also been released as MP3 downloads.

Fiction Records
In April 2007, Nash was signed to the Polydor offshoot Fiction Records. Nash’s second single and first through Fiction Records, “Foundations”, which she co-wrote with producer Paul Epworth, was released on 18 June 2007 and reached number two in the official UK Singles Chart. Following “Foundations,” Fiction announced plans to bring forward the release of Nash’s debut album to 6 August 2007. The album, Made of Bricks, produced by Paul Epworth, included many of the tracks she had been performing on her two nationwide tours. The album was leaked to filesharing networks days before its commercial release, and has received mixed reviews, The Independent describing it as being in “pole position for worst album of the year.” The album reached number 1 in the UK charts. During mid-2007, Nash performed at numerous festivals including Wireless Festival, Bestival, the Electric Gardens, Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading and Leeds, Oxegen and T in the Park. She made her official TV performance début on Later with Jools Holland.  Regarding the recording of a new album, Nash told NME that she had been inspired by The Supremes and has written a song called “Cat Song” in their honour. She is also set to release a duet single with Billy Bragg, a cover of The Shangri-Las “Give Him A Great Big Kiss”. As of October 2008 Nash is writing material for her second album which may have a more punk influenced sound. Nash is hoping to release the album in the UK during the summer of 2009.  In late March 2009 Nash made the following comments regarding the recording of her new album during an interview with the BBC Newsbeat program. “I’ve done a bunch of demos. I’ve got about 14 to 16 songs recorded and I’m going to do another session at the end of the month. It’s really cool. I’ve been doing a lot of writing and I’m excited about getting stuck into new material. It’s different and it’s fun to be doing something new.” She previously previewed two new tracks – “Froggy” and “I Hate Seagulls” – at an intimate gig at the Matter music venue in east London in October 2008.

Featured Artist Coalition  Nash has lent her support to the Featured Artist Coalition an organization whose goal is to give artists more say in the music industry decision process. Nash cited the emerging digital age as a reason artists should have a voice in decisions that effect their careers.

Personal life
On 1 April, 2009 Nash joined in protests against the G20 summit outside of the Bank of England in London..

On 20 February 2008 she received a BRIT award for Best Female artist.

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