Billy Bragg

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Billy Bragg: “There’s something in our common pop culture about songs about the railroad, in which the railroad becomes a metaphor for aspiration, for heartbreak, for death.” Photograph: Wendy Lynch Redfern/Redferns

In March 2016, Billy Bragg began to get a sense of the America that would put Donald Trump in the White House. He and the singer, songwriter and produ(...)

South London’s Jamie Treays doesn’t do things by half, which is probably why canvasmag.co.uk described him as “the bastard love child of Billy Bragg (...)

Joan Baez performs at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration in London, 1965. Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The 1960s doyenne of protest music, Joan Baez, once said songwriters could choose one of two options for saying something, anything, of importance in(...)

Lisa O’Neill: “I lose concentration very easily; the page is boring for me to look at.” Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I’m owning it more, and I really value that,” says Cavan singer-songwriter, Lisa O’Neill, who is reflecting on the difference a few years can make i(...)

To think that The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Dirty Old Town came from the same writer is testament to the three dimensional qualities that(...)

Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Dakota Fanning, Taylor Momsen, Saoirse Ronan. All of these celebrities are(...)

Like a foul-mouthed Billy Bragg, one-man “drunk folk” band Beans on Toast uses music as a vehicle for his politically and socially conscious i(...)

Deceptively amiable: Cormac Ó hEadhra

Already an overcrowded bear pit of gratuitous shock jocks and unhinged guests, the world of late-night talk radio has a new arrival to stir things (...)

Billy Bragg; Deborah Blacoe, Philip Chevron’s sister; and Mountjoy campus governor Brian Murphy pictured as Chevron’s guitars were donated to Mountjoy Prison.  Photograph: Aidan Oliver

Three of the most prized guitars from the late Philip Chevron’s collection were yesterday bequeathed to the inmates of Mountjoy Prison in the first mo(...)

Veteran rocker Iggy Pop in action during his 2008 concert at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Rocker Iggy Pop has hit out at the modern music industry which he said is “laughably maybe almost entirely pirate”, but said he understands that some (...)

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