REVIEW: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds
This was a performance of great music making and happily one with plenty of political comment running through.
Bragg didn’t disappoint as he railed against the current politics of the day and there was a poignant statement from Henry about the recent US elections.
But it was great music making that shone through the evening’s performance.
The synergy flowed beautifully between the two voices as they took their audience on the railway journey which created their latest album Shine a Light.
Accompanied by guitar the duo sang songs of the great American Railroad after recording the album on a four day journey from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Some of the greats in US folk and blues were brought to life with numbers such as Lonesome Whistle, Hobo’s Lullaby, John Henry and The L & N Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.
The rawness of Henry’s voice against the deep base of Bragg’s accompaniment made music with great energy that flowed.
Each artist had their own set and these two friends of 30 years both made their own statements on today’s political upheavals.
As the sell-out concert ended and people made their way from the warm, brightly-lit Apex they found themselves walking past a young woman outside begging in the rain.