Emporium Presents & ASM

The Roaring Forty USA Tour 2024

Billy Bragg

Saturday, October 12, 2024

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Kodak Center Theater

Rochester, NY

Billy Bragg


In 2023 Billy Bragg is celebrating a remarkable 40 years as Britain’s
favourite folk singer, songwriter and campaigner. To mark this significant
landmark, he has released an acclaimed career-spanning box set ‘The
Roaring Forty’ and has played to sell-out crowds across the world. In
November he performed his most famous song ‘A New England’ on
Later With Jools Holland almost exactly 40 years to the day that he
debuted the song on The Tube (also presented by one Jools Holland!).

Galvanised in the late 70s by The Clash and an aversion to the austere
policies of Margaret Thatcher, Billy set out to inspire political
engagement and empathy. He has performed numerous benefit shows
for the miners, the Labour party, CND, the jobless and many more, and
has run the Left Field political stage at Glastonbury for the last 20 years.

Billy has released 11 solo studio albums, three albums of Woody
Guthrie lyrics set to contemporary music by Billy and Wilco (the
Mermaid Avenue albums) and one album with Joe Henry. He released
a mini album Bridges Not Walls in 2017. His latest studio album, the
acclaimed ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’ came out in

Billy Bragg added best-selling author to his CV with the success of his
acclaimed 2017 book Roots, Radicals & Rockers – How Skiffle
Changed The World. He has written two books of political analysis –
The Progressive Patriot: A Search For Belonging (2006) and The
Three Dimensions of Freedom (2019).

Billy won the Outstanding Contribution To British Music Award at the
prestigious Ivors Awards in 2018. Born and raised in Barking, East
London, Billy has a street named after him in his home town – Bragg
Close. This year Billy has been honoured with a pavement plaque on
the Camden Music Walk Of Fame (previous recipients include Madness,
Amy Winehouse, The Who, David Bowie, and The Kinks)

Additional Information

Ages: All Ages
Seating: Reserved