Billy Bragg wins award, chums with Queen, plans new record
Legendary British songsmith and politico Billy Bragg was recently awarded the 2007 Classic Songwriter at the UK's venerable Q Awards. After accepting the award, Bragg took a metaphorical victory lap around London, visiting his old grammar school on behalf of one his charities, Love Music, Hate Racism, then rubbing elbows with Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Festival Hall before eventually performing a rendition of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
Collaborating with Beethoven, entertaining the Queen, (hey, she asked for a signed copy of the score!), it's really all in a day's work for your favorite folk troubadour. With a new record in the works, Bragg will begin 2008 at a new home, independent music label Anti-, home to other kindred spirits such as Michael Franti, Sage Francis, Mavis Staples and Tom Waits.