We don’t like to brag here at the BRAG, but if you haven’t already nabbed yourself a ticket to Billy Bragg’s Australian tour in March, we’re here to assure you that you’re still in with a fighting chance to see the political poet.

The Bard of Barking (referring to the singer-songwriter’s Essex birthplace, not to a canine voice, thankfully) has built his formidable career on polemical anthems of working class struggle, but this time, with the release of his latest album Tooth & Nail, it’s personal.

With his heart pinned firmly back on his sleeve, Bragg has written a collection of songs about the “struggle tomaintain our relationships with those we love the most.” Recorded in just five days, Tooth & Nail features a renewed focus on the personal, although as the saying goes, the personal is political.

Playing his newest album as well as songs pulled from his four decades in the spotlight, you can catch Bragg on the Sydney leg of his first full band tour of Australia on Sunday March 16 at the Sydney Opera House. Tickets via sydneyoperahouse.com.

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