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Curated by Billy Bragg

The Opening Act

25 - 29 June 2014

LEFTFIELD STAGE, GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL

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Robb Johnson

Having set up his own label Johnson released his first album in 1985, and has since released over 30 albums. Widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today, Tony Benn said Johnson’s Winter Turns To…

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Having set up his own label Johnson released his first album in 1985, and has since released over 30 albums.

Widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today, Tony Benn said Johnson’s Winter Turns To Spring was his favourite song. Robb has recently revisited his song cycle Gentle Men, based on the experiences of his grandfathers in the First World War.

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Sam Duckworth

When it comes to Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly there are a few certainties on which you can rely. You’ll get a timeless hook lodged within every song and lyrics that tell a story without a single throwaway line, but…

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When it comes to Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly there are a few certainties on which you can rely. You’ll get a timeless hook lodged within every song and lyrics that tell a story without a single throwaway line, but most importantly, you’ll find the man behind GCWCF, Sam Duckworth, is one of the most infectiously enthusiastic characters in today’s music scene.

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O'Hooley & Tidow

‘Boldly defiant and sharply individual. One of British Folk’s mightiest combinations’ MOJO Folk duo Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow are accomplished interpreters of everything from Massive Attack to traditional Irish ballads, but it’s their own boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that…

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‘Boldly defiant and sharply individual. One of British Folk’s mightiest combinations’ MOJO

Folk duo Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow are accomplished interpreters of everything from Massive Attack to traditional Irish ballads, but it’s their own boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine, inviting comparisons with early Simon and Garfunkel and Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

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Mat Skinner

‘This music holds such Beauty, Mat Skinner warms my Northern Heart’ Guy Garvey, Elbow Mat Skinner is Elbow’s guitar-tech man and singer/songwriter of Americana-drenched music and a growl that makes you hang onto his every word.

‘This music holds such Beauty, Mat Skinner warms my Northern Heart’ Guy Garvey, Elbow

Mat Skinner is Elbow’s guitar-tech man and singer/songwriter of Americana-drenched music and a growl that makes you hang onto his every word.

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Billy Bragg

Britain’s foremost political singer-songwriter, he has been making music for thirty years. Now in his fifties, neither the fight nor the fight songs have left Billy Bragg. Governments rise and fall, fashions come and go, pop stars are built up…

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Britain’s foremost political singer-songwriter, he has been making music for thirty years. Now in his fifties, neither the fight nor the fight songs have left Billy Bragg.

Governments rise and fall, fashions come and go, pop stars are built up and knocked down by a fickle press, and Billy Bragg adapts to survive: orator, entertainer, rabble-rouser, negotiator, leafletter, the fabled ‘big-nosed bard from Barking’, Billy Bragg is many things.

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Lucy Ward

At just 24 years old, this guitarist and concertina player’s signature is her powerfully expressive voice. Performing both traditional English folk songs and her own material she has, over the last five years, been nominated Folk Singer of the Year,…

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At just 24 years old, this guitarist and concertina player’s signature is her powerfully expressive voice.

Performing both traditional English folk songs and her own material she has, over the last five years, been nominated Folk Singer of the Year, won the Horizon Award for best newcomer and reached the finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards.

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