He’d no doubt kick off about being called such but Billy Bragg is fast becoming a national institution.
Winner of The Roots Award 2013 at the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, the still feisty tell-it-like-it-is singer brings his Tooth & Nail tour to Sheffield City Hall on Saturday.
The tour is named after his first new studio album in five years Tooth & Nail which came out earler this year on Cooking Vinyl Records.
It was an album born out of some considerable soul searching.
“In 2011, I took a long, hard look at who I am and what I do,” said the 55-year old.
“This album is the result.”
Drawing on personal rather than political themes, the album was recorded over a whirlwind five-day session with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry whose production credits include Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello and Hugh Laurie.
The spontaneous results are, according to Billy, a return to the rootsy sound of 1998’s Mermaid Avenue sessions drawing on soul, country and folk music influences to explore the ups and downs of relationships that have stood the test of time.
Head down to Sheffield City Hall to find out exactly what he does best on Saturday.