I’ve been a fan of Billy Bragg all my adult life – which is pretty much all his adult life. The photo above was taken today & features my rather tatty but much prized Billy Bragg t-shirt bought in 1985 & survivor of so many wardrobe clear-outs. I almost threw it away when we moved from London to Northern Ireland but I couldn’t bear to. It reminds me too much of the miner’s strike & the stuff that went on back then.
Yesterday, the Learning Pool crew was breakfasting in the Gibson in Dublin following the Deloitte Fast 50 Awards ceremony on Friday night. I don’t have to tell you how late we went to bed. Suffice to say it was a similar time to when I often get up. At breakfast, Billy Bragg was at the next table. I couldn’t let the opportunity pass. I did, however, have the decency to wait until he’d finished his breakfast & read the newspaper before I approached him for a chat.
He was exactly as I imagined he would be & I was delighted to hear he was heading over yesterday afternoon to the Dame St protests in Dublin to show a bit of support & play an impromptu gig on a makeshift stage assembled by the protesters & activists. Good on yer Billy & good luck with your Irish tour. Might see you Friday night at the Empire in Belfast. Details are here if anyone else fancies it too http://www.billybragg.co.uk/gigs/gigs.php
Billy Bragg stories welcome via the comments as always.