August 10, 2021

Billy Bragg: "Ten Mysterious Photos That Can't Be Explained" video

Singer and activist Billy Bragg has posted a video for Ten Mysterious Photos That Can't Be Explained, a final track from his new album The Million Things That Never Happened, out on October 8th via Cooking Vinyl. It is a song about online facts and fakes, with an instantly hummable classic pop melody. To show he is a smart man he inserted a the shout out to the classic George Orwell novel Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

Bragg explains: "I like my albums to finish with a stomper. My son Jack helped me out with this one. That’s him playing electric guitar in the video. He’s a pretty good songwriter himself, and when I played him what I had, he said it’s good but it needs some work. I said well you go and do it then. So he came back and he’d added a middle section and, you know what, he was right. I was really pleased. People have asked if there might be a ‘father and son’ album down the tracks. All I will say is you never know what the future might bring. ‘Ten Mysterious Photos…’ is about life online, both good and bad. I try not to get sucked down too many wormholes, but it can happen".

A special online concert will be broadcasted on September 9th. He will be joined on stage by the musicians who play on the new album: Romeo Stodart (guitar), Michele Stodart (bass), Darren Beckett (drums), Nick Pynn (lap steel guitar, violin) and Jack Valero (guitar). The proceeds will be donated to the Music Venue Trust, an organisation that set up to save grass roots venues in the UK.

Live dates:
  • 10/21 Gateshead, UK @ Sage Gateshead
  • 10/22 Dundee, UK @ Fat Sam's
  • 10/23 Glasgow – Barrowland Ballroom
  • 10/26 Liverpool, UK @ Philharmonic Hall
  • 10/27 Oxford, UK @ New Theatre
  • 10/28 Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall
  • 10/30 Cardiff, UK @ St David’s Hall
  • 10/31 Southampton, UK @ 02 Guildhall
  • 11/02 Belfast, Northern Ireland @ Ulster Hall
  • 11/04 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street
  • 11/06 Galway, Ireland @ Black Box Theatre
  • 11/10 Reading, UK @ Hexagon
  • 11/11 Exeter, UK @ University Great Hall
  • 11/12 Bristol, UK @ 02 Academy
  • 11/16 Guildford, UK @ G Live
  • 11/18 Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
  • 11/19 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
  • 11/20 Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
  • 11/21 Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
  • 11/23 Brighton, UK @ Dome
  • 11/25 Southend-on-Sea, UK @ Cliffs Pavilion
  • 11/26 Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
  • 11/27 London, UK @ Roundhouse


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