I saw The Imagined Village do this on Saturday night. Here’s a take of them doing it in ’08. And that is indeed Billy Bragg, who showed up on Saturday night wearing a Pearly suit — or, as he put it, his ancestral garb. We have similar backgrounds. I kind of want one.
It’s an old song, retooled and made contemporary. Which is, after all, the folk tradition. These are living songs.