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A music documentary that oozes irritating smugness

Album: Billy Bragg, Mr Love & Justice (Cooking Vinyl)

The title neatly defines Billy Bragg's interests as a songwriter – romance and equality – though with a few exceptions, he's covered both with far greater vitality before.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Koko, London

Despite the heroic overtones of his stage name, tonight is more a case of get cape, fumble, recover, as this idiosyncratic solo artist struggles with the richer soundscapes of his second album. Maybe the fact that Sam Duckworth, to give him his real name, is wearing glasses means that he is more Clark Kent than Superman.

Channel Five to showcase new talents from folk scene

There was a time, not long ago, when folk music was about little more than sticking your finger in your ear, donning your best woolly jumper and pining for bygone times.

Billy Bragg's jailhouse rock project cuts reoffending rate

Billy Bragg has backed the miners, campaigned against racism and promoted perestroika in the Soviet Union. Yet the folk-rock singer from Barking has embarked on his most ambitious socio-political project to date; an attempt to wean convicted criminals serving time away from a life of crime. And it's working.

Billy 'Uke' Scott

Music-hall star and virtuoso ukulele player

Conference Highlights

Dining on Stones by Iain Sinclair

From Aldgate to Essex: Ben Thompson enjoys Iain Sinclair's new symphony of cockney cultural resonance, a paean to the A13

Pop: Now that's what I call trad music

It's that time of the decade again. Folk is back in fashion. But is this the real thing... or soft rock by another name? By Charlotte Greig

Pop: It may be cold inside, but there's nowt so warm as folk

Live; BILLY BRAGG/ KATE RUSBY THE FORUM LONDON

Anyone fancy a calypso with Frank Dobson?

LET'S FACE it, it's been a long time since British local government was associated with matters of culture. Ever since Mrs Thatcher's cruel abolition of England's metropolitan authorities, we have certainly been deprived of anything approaching political colour. The right-on-sister days of politically relevant street carnivals and squabbles about rates- funded pop concerts are long gone. Or are they?

Edinbourgh Festival '99: Reviews

COMEDY

Folk: Crowds in thousands to Cambridge come in for the fair

THE MUSIC begins before any of the three stages are reached. Walking along the pathway through the wooded campground that leads on to the site, the sound of tootling flutes, fiddles firing up and accordions wheezing into life can be heard; a merry idyll in the summer heat and a reminder that at Cambridge there's as many musicians off-stage as there are on.
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