Billy Bragg Concert Video - Roundhouse London 26 October 2006
(1 hour, wmv asf format)
Billy Bragg (with guest Seth Lakeman)
Thursday 26 October 2006
BBC Electric Proms Concert, BBC Radio 6 ("6 Music")
FREEDM Studio, Roundhouse, London
The legendary Bard of Barking (aka Billy Bragg) joined Gideon Coe for a chat and a run through some songs old and new in front of a frankly adoring audience that would probably have kept him there all night if they'd had half the chance.
Even though Billy forgot the chords to the opening Greetings To The New Brunette, no-one cared. "I only know four chords and I'm not very good at those", he remarked. Mixing up new songs (one, Farmboy, made its UK debut) and some classics, Bragg delivered his usual mix of wide-eyed romance and political protest; the missing link between Joe Strummer and Smokey Robinson.
Rising folk star Seth Lakeman joined Billy on two numbers to add some gutsy fiddle touches; the first a romp through John Barleycorn (a traditional song enlivened by some extra Bragg lyrics involving Marmite sandwiches) and to finish, Leadbelly's Bourgeois Blues (here retitled Bush War Blues).
Billy encored with A New England, dedicating a verse to the much missed Kirsty Macoll, then toasted his audience with a mug of tea. William Bloke, indeed. (BBC)
0:00:00 (Radio intro - Gideon Coe)
0:02:07 Greetings to the New Brunette (false starts)
0:04:09 Greetings to the New Brunette
0:07:28 (Radio interview Part 1)
0:10:01 Farm Boy
0:13:13 (Radio interview Part 2)
0:15:41 I Keep Faith
0:20:41 (Seth Lakeman introduction)
0:21:57 John Barleycorn / England, Half English (with Seth Lakeman)
0:26:33 (close of radio broadcast)
0:27:02 Like Soldiers Do [a new, wistful, arrangement]
0:30:37 To Have and to Have Not
0:33:55 The Saturday Boy
0:38:04 The Fourteenth of February
0:43:20 The Space Race is Over
0:48:40 Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards
0:53:35 Bush War Blues (with Seth Lakeman)
0:57:45 A New England
Proshot by the BBC
The video is in Windows proprietary "asf" format (the file extension is .wmv)
- it should play fine in Windows Media Player, but might not play in other
software players. I dunno abouts macs or DVDs, I'm afraid.
Bit rate: 221kb/s
video: Windows Media Video 9 codec, 400 x 224 (16:9)
audio: Windows Media Audio 9.1, 64kb/s 44.1KHz stereo (a/v) 1-pass CBR
The video is unadulterated and exactly as it appeared on the BBC website.