Pop: billy bragg

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It made sense for the daughter of socialist folkie Woody Guthrie to ask our own political troubadour Billy Bragg to set a bunch of her late father's lyrics to music. The resulting Mermaid Avenue album was a gem. On tour, he'll be combining Guthrie numbers with some of his own, as well as championing "the cause", this time the GMB campaign to include young people in the minimum wage set-up. Support comes from quirky popsters and fellow Essex boys Hefner.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (0171-589 8212) Mon; Civic Hall, Wolverhampton (01902 552121) Tues; Rock City, Nottingham (0115-9412544) Wed; Forum, London NW5 (0171-344 Thur; Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth (01705 358608) Fri

Tim Perry