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Jamie Webster Posts Billy Bragg Collaboration Fickle Fran

Friday, 15 September 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: (c) John Johnson

Jamie Webster has teamed up with Billy Bragg for a new song, Fickle Fran.

The lively indie track finds the two artists coming together to tell the story of the song's namesake character, a door-to-door "entrepreneur" named Fran. Commenting on the song, Webster said:

"Fickle Fran is a song about the spirit and the defiance of the working class. I was thinking back to the days of a 'salesman' knocking door to door with clothes off the back of lorries. He was always both cynical and optimistic which is where the fickle idea comes from. He'd always moan about how his clothes weren't selling the way he thought, but come the next season of weather he had the perfect product that would make up for his shortcomings.

"This was before online shopping and also way before websites that sell fake products. I often wonder how he'd survive in the modern world. His defiance would always prevail however, as I remember his most unforgettable sign-off quote... 'Still though mate, I'd rather this than work in Dixons any day of the week!'"

Bragg, one of Webster's heroes and a fellow political troubadour and activist, previously performed with the 29-year-old during his headline show at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena in 2022, and also at his sold-out open-air show at the Pier Head as part of the On The Waterfront series earlier this summer.

Following Voice Of The Voiceless, the song marks the second taste of what's to come on the Liverpool singer-songwriter's third album, '10 For The People', which was made with producer Dave Eringa at Rockfield Studios in Wales.

The follow-up to 2022's 'Moments' is due out on February 2 via Modern Sky, ahead of a huge homecoming concert at Liverpool's 40,000-capacity Sefton Park on July 12. He also has a UK tour in the diary for this November. Tickets are on sale.

Jamie Webster Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu November 09 2023 - GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
Fri November 10 2023 - GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
Mon November 13 2023 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Tue November 14 2023 - SHEFFIELD O2 Academy Sheffield
Thu November 16 2023 - LONDON Roundhouse
Fri November 17 2023 - MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse
Sat November 18 2023 - MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse

Fri July 12 2024 - LIVERPOOL Sefton Park

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