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Billy Bragg maps out eclectic tour, hangs with orchestra

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    When you’re Billy Bragg, you pretty much get to pick when and where you play. After all, how else would you explain his upcoming touring itinerary, which includes a few one-offs on the east coast in August, an a few dates leg in Span in October and then an extensive trip to Canada in November. The legendary singer/songwriter will be using all the dates to support last year’s release of Mr Love & Justice.

    Or, that Bragg’s rewritten libretto for the choral version of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony will receive its United States premiere in Los Angeles, California on August 29th. The symphony, including the English native’s version of the Fourth Movement, will be performed by the Asia America Youth Orchestra conducted by David Benoit, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Bragg will be on hand to perform and lead the audience in a singalong of his English version of Schiller’s “Ode to Joy”.

    Yeah, when you’re Billy Bragg, you pretty much get to pick when and where you play.

    Billy Bragg 2009 Tour Dates:
    08/01 – Newport, RI @ George Wein’s Folk Festival
    08/02 – Albany, NY @ Swyer Theatre
    08/03 – Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Centre
    08/29 – Santa Monica, CA @ Beethoven Bragg
    10/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
    10/05 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
    10/14 – Madrid, ES @ Galileo Galilei
    10/15 – Barcelona, ES @ Bikni
    10/16 – San Sebastian, ES @ Kursaal Sala de Camara
    10/18 – Bilbao, ES @ Palacio Euskalduna
    11/14 – St. John’s, NL @ Holy Heart of Mary Auditorium
    11/15 – Halifax, NS @ Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
    11/17 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
    11/18 – Hamilton, ON @ The Studio at Hamilton Place
    11/19 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
    11/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
    11/23 – Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden Performance Hall
    11/24 – Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre
    11/25 – Calgary, AB @ Jack Singer Hall
    11/28 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre

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