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It's the pits: Billy Bragg tour dates

Billy Bragg has announced a 9-date tour of Welsh venues to mark the 25th anniversary of the Miners' Strike.

Bragg, who was just emerging as a musician when the strikes began in 1984, said the stand off had introduced him to politics.

He also said it was important to show children how the strikes were relevant to the current financial crisis.

"My political education really was the twelve months of that strike," he said.

"Once you go out into the coalfields and do these gigs and then go back and kip on someone's sofa, they rightly want to know if you're just some pop star from London who's come up to sell more records or if you can actually walk the walk as well as talk the talk."

He added: "If we look again at our history we'll understand there are other ways to respond to this economic situation other than passively.

"Once, people resisted the layoffs and the cutbacks by organising. That message needs to be restated - it's a painful lesson to learn and each generation needs to be reminded of that," he added.

5 June - Blaenavon
Workmen's Hall
01239 621200

6 June - Porthcawl
Grand Pavilion
01656 815995

7 June - Cardigan
Theatr Mwldan
01239 621200

9 June - Pontardawe
Arts Centre
01792 863722

10 June - Brecon
Theatr Brycheiniog
01874 611622

11 June - Caernarfon
01286 685222

12 June - Wrexham
William Aston Hall
01978 316780

14 June - Aberystwyth
Arts Centre
01970 623232

15 June - Blackwood
Miners Institute
01495 227206

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